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September 16, 2021

Zipf’s Law: Humans always expend the least possible effort in carrying out tasks

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I had no idea that my lifelong guiding principle was a law.

Videre est credere.

But wait — there's another Zipf's law!

From Wikipedia: "In linguistics, brevity law (also called Zipf's law of abbreviation) is a linguistic law that qualitatively states that the more frequently a word is used, the shorter that word tends to be, and vice versa; the less frequently a word is used, the longer it tends  it tends to be."

September 16, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Happy to see Zipf's Law mentioned, for once. An empirical test of Zipf's Law on a Chinese text was a small part of my PhD thesis, more than 25 years ago.

Posted by: HarryB | Sep 17, 2021 3:03:13 AM

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