Information Content of Words in Texts

  • Simone Andersen
  • Gabriel Altmann
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 31)

In a previous study, Andersen (2002a) postulated that information of words in texts has to be examined from two aspects yielding two distinct measures called “speaker’s information content” (SIC) and “hearer’s information content” (HIC) which may differ in amount, i.e. SICHIC, and cannot always be mechanically evaluated from the frequencies of words in the text. The idea is derived from the Fitts—Garner controversy in mathematical psychology (cf. Fitts et al. 1956; Garner 1962, 1970; Garner, Hake 1951; Coombs, Dawes, Tversky 1970; Evans 1967; Attneave 1959, 1968). Obviously, the problem is quite told but has not penetrated into linguistics as yet.


Information Content Word Length Geometric Distribution Latent Length Latent Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Andersen
    • 1
  • Gabriel Altmann
  1. 1.Textpsychologisches InstitutDüsseldorfGermany

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