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Euclidean distance between syntactically linked words

Autor
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Tipus d'activitat
Article en revista
Revista
Physical review E: statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Data de publicació
2004-11
Volum
70
Número
5
Pàgina inicial
56135-1
Pàgina final
56135-5
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.70.056135 Obrir en finestra nova
URL
https://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.70.056135 Obrir en finestra nova
Resum
We study the Euclidean distance between syntactically linked words in sentences. The average distance is significantly small and is a very slowly growing function of sentence length. We consider two nonexcluding hypotheses: (a) the average distance is minimized and (b) the average distance is constrained. Support for (a) comes from the significantly small average distance real sentences achieve. The strength of the minimization hypothesis decreases with the length of the sentence. Support for (b...

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