I'm trying to find an article I read online sometime in the last two
years. It was a report, perhaps in a popular-interest science
magazine (and the one I read the most online is NEW SCIENTIST) about
language having a distinctive pattern that enables it to be
distinguished from noise in signal processing, even if you don't
recognize the language. I can't remember if the article made a
specific parallel with SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence), but I think it did: the notion was that we should be
able to recognize that a signal contains language (because of the
distinctive statistical skew caused by repetition of common words, or
something like that) even if we don't know and can't decode the
language. One of the key words, I imagine, would be "information," as
in information content. Thanks!
Clarification of Question by
28 Nov 2006 08:01 PST
Hi, Rainbow! That's precisely the answer I was looking for, and I'm
(And don't worry, I have a paid NEW SCIENTIST account, and had no
trouble accessing the full text once you'd pointed me to it.)
Please post your comment as an actual answer so that you can be paid.
Many, many thanks!
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