Zipf and Heaps Laws’ Coefficients Depend on Language

  • Alexander Gelbukh
  • Grigori Sidorov
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44686-9_33

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2004)
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Gelbukh A., Sidorov G. (2001) Zipf and Heaps Laws’ Coefficients Depend on Language. In: Gelbukh A. (eds) Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing. CICLing 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2004. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

We observed that the coefficients of two important empirical statisti- cal laws of language - Zipf law and Heaps law - are different for different lan- guages, as we illustrate on English and Russian examples. This may have both theoretical and practical implications. On the one hand, the reasons for this may shed light on the nature of language. On the other hand, these two laws are im- portant in, say, full-text database design allowing predicting the index size.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Gelbukh
    • 1
  • Grigori Sidorov
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Computing Research (CIC)National Polytechnic Institute (IPN)ZacatencoMexico

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