Evaluating the Irregularity of Natural Languages
AbstractIn the present work, we quantify the irregularity of different European languages belonging to four linguistic families (Romance, Germanic, Uralic and Slavic) and an artificial language (Esperanto). We modified a well-known method to calculate the approximate and sample entropy of written texts. We find differences in the degree of irregularity between the families and our method, which is based on the search of regularities in a sequence of symbols, and consistently distinguishes between natural and synthetic randomized texts. Moreover, we extended our study to the case where multiple scales are accounted for, such as the multiscale entropy analysis. Our results revealed that real texts have non-trivial structure compared to the ones obtained from randomization procedures. View Full-Text
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Hernández-Gómez, C.; Basurto-Flores, R.; Obregón-Quintana, B.; Guzmán-Vargas, L. Evaluating the Irregularity of Natural Languages. Entropy 2017, 19, 521.
Hernández-Gómez C, Basurto-Flores R, Obregón-Quintana B, Guzmán-Vargas L. Evaluating the Irregularity of Natural Languages. Entropy. 2017; 19(10):521.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hernández-Gómez, Candelario; Basurto-Flores, Rogelio; Obregón-Quintana, Bibiana; Guzmán-Vargas, Lev. 2017. "Evaluating the Irregularity of Natural Languages." Entropy 19, no. 10: 521.
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