AVERAGE WORD LENGTH AND TEXT REDUNDANCY VARIABILITY: FRENCH TEXTS CASE STUDY

Keywords: text entropy, text redundancy, word length, information capacity, quantitative linguistics

Abstract

The redundancy and average word length correlation in French texts have been researched. This correlation has been evaluated on the basis of analysis of entropy, redundancy and average word length for literary, scientific, and publicistic texts. It has been revealed that the variability of text redundancy correlates well with the variability of average word length, if calculating the average word length of an individual text we exclude the length of words belonging to the exponential tail of entropy curve. In this regard it is proposed to distinguish between two average word lengths of text: the average length of a word belonging to the exponentially decaying tail of entropy and the average length of a word not belonging to the exponential tail of entropy.

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2020-10-05
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Marinashvili, M. (2020). AVERAGE WORD LENGTH AND TEXT REDUNDANCY VARIABILITY: FRENCH TEXTS CASE STUDY. Scientific Journal of Polonia University, 38(1-2), 67-75. https://doi.org/10.23856/3849