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The meaning-frequency law in Zipfian optimization models of communication

Author
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Glottometrics
Date of publication
2016-10-10
Volume
35
First page
28
Last page
37
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/95871 Open in new window
https://arxiv.org/abs/1409.7275 Open in new window
URL
http://www.ram-verlag.eu/journals-e-journals/glottometrics/ Open in new window
Abstract
According to Zipf’s meaning-frequency law, words that are more frequent tend to have more meanings. Here it is shown that a linear dependency between the frequency of a form and its number of meanings is found in a family of models of Zipf’s law for word frequencies. This is evidence for a weak version of the meaning-frequency law. Interestingly, that weak law (a) is not an inevitable of property of the assumptions of the family and (b) is found at least in the narrow regime where those mode...
Citation
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. The meaning-frequency law in Zipfian optimization models of communication. "Glottometrics", 10 Octubre 2016, vol. 35, p. 28-37.
Keywords
Linguistic universals, Meaning-frequency relationship, Optimization of communication, Zipf’s law
Group of research
LARCA - Laboratory of Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability

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