2011年06月07日

<qokeey>という単語

# From: "Philip Neal"
# Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 11:09:44 +0000

If a paragraph contains the word qokeey, there is a 38% chance that the next paragraph will contain the word qokeey.
If a paragraph contains the word qokeey, there is a 40% chance that qokeey occurs more than once.
If the current word is qokeey, there is a 6% chance that the next word will be qokeey.

コンコーダンス結果みたら、確かに興味深い出現でした。
こういうことが起こるから、でたらめなランダムテキストではないのは分かる。
では何なのだ?

# From: Rene Zandbergen
# Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002

--- Philip Neal wrote:
> The pattern is statistically highly significant.
> I attach a file analysing the distribution of qokeey
> in the paragraphs of folios 103r-116r
> [ ... ]
> There is a rough symmetry between folios on the
> same sheet of the quire, but this is hard to
> quantify.


Indeed. And I like the clear presentation.
My observation at the time was more a set of impressions:
- the bifolio boundaries are roughly observed
- the switch between frequent and infrequent qokeey seems to be not quite on page boundaries (also apparent from your table).
- in the first few occurrences in this section, the word tends to occur towards the end of each paragraph.

The second bullet led me to hypothesise that perhaps the paragraphs have been transcribed from an original document that had the pages in a wrong order, but maybe this is too farfetched.

In general, I have been thinking that this section might actually be a 'geography', each paragraph being a short description of a city. The word qokeey could have some geographical or political meaning that only belongs with some cities....
Note that there are further statistical discrepancies between the sets of pages that have either many qokeey or only few of them. The web page describing them is presently out of order, but one thing I remember is the ratio between occurrences of aiin and daiin.

Note further, again, that the odd distribution of qokeey is also seen _very_ clearly on f58r and f58v.
The word rarely occurs elsewhere.

# Subject: Doubled words
# From: Jorge Stolfi
# Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002

The repetitions of "qokeey" are indeed exceptional, but they don't prove the concludion. After all, only a few VMS words behave like that. Moreover, repetitive names *do* occur in some languages: "Sing Sing", "Bora Bora", "Ping-Ping" (the name of a Chinese friend of mine), ...


Notes:

($) Here are some "chol" doublets in voyn/tak:

f1r.P3.15;H chor shey kol chol chol kor chal sho
f8v.P.5;H shealy daiin chary chol chol dar otchar etaiin
f8v.P.8;H ry okchol ksh chol chol chol cthaiin dain
f8v.P.8;H okchol ksh chol chol chol cthaiin dain shol
f15v.P.9;H shol daiin otcholocthol chol chol chody kan sor
f93v.P.4;H shdchy qokchol qokchody chol chol cty ykchy dar

Here are the 10 most common doublet words in voyn/tak, if I can
believe my scripts:

count word
----- --------
22 chol
20 daiin
19 qokeedy
14 qokedy
12 qokeey
11 chedy
10 ar
9 ol
8 dy
8 shedy

# From: Nick Pelling
# Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:25:38 +0000

my belief is that - for the most part - a word start frequently indicates either a change in encoding mechanism, or an actual word start in the plaintext, or just obfuscation (though I think the first two probably dominate the third).

So: EVA "ot-" could well be using one code mechanism, "qo-" another, etc.

Given that I also believe that we're looking at a verbose cipher (with many plaintext letters encoded as ciphertext pairs), this would also have the effect of reducing the average length of a ciphertext word, which would be desirable on the part of the encoder - nothing would betray a verbose cipher quicker than double-length words. :-)
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