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Re: Star Trek conlangs besides Klingon and Romulan

From:Orjan Johansen <oerjan@...>
Date:Thursday, January 7, 1999, 22:26
On Sun, 3 Jan 1999, Tim Smith wrote:

> clustering" (see the Alexander Jablakov quote in my sig file). On the > other hand, maybe it's possible to take random data and create a > pattern into which it can fit. Although I know virtually nothing > about information theory, it seems to me intuitively that this should > work if the pattern is large enough relative to the amount of random > data. (As an extreme example, if there's only one data point, you > should be able to fit it into any of a very large, perhaps infinite, > number of patterns.)
There is a field of mathematics known as Ramsey theory which investigates the necessity of having certain patterns - the standard pedagogical example is that if you have 6 persons, either there are 3 of them who all know each other or 4 who don't know each other. For example, you could do something like this when investigating what letters/sounds could occur together, although chances are that with a ver= y random sample all of them would. Greetings, =D8rjan. --=20 'What Einstein called "the happiest thought of my life" was his realization that gravity and acceleration are both made of orange Jello.' - from a non-crackpot sci.physics.relativity posting