Probabilistic Analysis of an Ancient Undeciphered Script

@article{Rao2010ProbabilisticAO,
  title={Probabilistic Analysis of an Ancient Undeciphered Script},
  author={Rajesh P. N. Rao},
  journal={Computer},
  year={2010},
  volume={43},
  pages={76-80}
}
Probabilistic methods for analyzing sequences are providing new insights into the 4,000-year-old undeciphered script of the Indus civilization. 
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