Publications on information theory 


Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2018). Optimization models of natural communication. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics 25 (3), 207-237.
[ doi: 10.1080/09296174.2017.1366095 ]

Bentz, C., Alikaniotis, D., Cysouw, M. & Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2017). The entropy of words – learnability and expressivity across more than 1000 languages. Entropy 19(6), 275. 
[ doi:10.3390/e19060275 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2017). The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked meanings. Glottometrics 36, 1-16.
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Lozano, A., Casas, B., Bentz, C. & Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2016). Fast calculation of entropy with Zhang's estimator. In: Issues in Quantitative Linguistics 4. Dedicated to Reinhard Köhler on the occasion of his 65th birthday. E. Kelih, R. Knight, J. Macutek and A. Wilson (eds.). No. 23 of the series “Studies in Quantitative Linguistics”. Lüdenscheid: RAM-Verlag. pp. 273-285.
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Gustison, M.L, Semple, S., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Bergman, T. J.  (2016). Gelada vocal sequences follow Menzerath’s linguistic law.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, in press.
[ doi: 10.1073/pnas.1522072113 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Bentz, C. & Seguin, C. (2015). Compression and the origins of Zipf's law of abbreviation.
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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Dębowski, Ł. & Moscoso del Prado Martín, F. (2013). Constant conditional entropy and related hypotheses. Journal of Statistical Mechanics, L07001.
[ doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2013/07/L07001 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Hernández-Fernández, A., Lusseau, D., Agoramoorthy, G., Hsu, M. J. & Semple, S. (2013). Compression as a universal principle of animal behavior. Cognitive Science 37 (8), 1565–1578.
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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Moscoso del Prado Martín, F. (2011). Information content versus word length in random typing. Journal of Statistical Mechanics, L12002.
[ doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2011/12/L12002 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2010). Information theory. In: The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences, Colm Hogan, P. (ed.). Cambridge University Press. In press.
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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Elvevåg, B. (2010). Random texts do not exhibit the real Zipf's law-like rank distribution. PLoS ONE 5 (3), e9411.
[ doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009411 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Gavaldà, R. (2009). The frequency spectrum of finite samples from the intermittent silence process. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 60 (4), 837-843.
[ doi: 10.1002/asi.21033 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Díaz-Guilera, A. (2007). The global minima of the communicative energy of natural communication systems. Journal of Statistical Mechanics, P06009.
[ doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2007/06/P06009 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. and Lusseau, D. (2006). Long-term correlations in the surface behavior of dolphins. Europhysics Letters 74, 1095-1101.
doi: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10596-9 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2006). On the universality of Zipf's law for word frequencies. In: "Exact methods in the study of language and text. In honor of Gabriel Altmann", Grzybek, P. and Köhler,R. (eds.) 131-140. Berlin: Gruyter.
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Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2006). When language breaks into pieces. A conflict between communication through isolated signals and language.
Biosystems 84, 242-253.
doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2005.12.001 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). The variation of Zipf's law in human language. European Physical Journal B 44, 249-257.
[ doi: 10.1140/epjb/e2005-00121-8 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). Zipf's law from a communicative phase transition. European Physical Journal B 47, 449-457.
[ doi: 10.1140/epjb/e2005-00340-y ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). Hidden communication aspects in the exponent of Zipf's law. Glottometrics 11, 96-117.

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). Decoding least effort and scaling in signal frequency distributions. Physica A 345, 275-284.
[ doi: 10.1016/j.physa.2004.06.158 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Solé, R. V. (2003). Least effort and the origins of scaling in human language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 100, 788-791.
[ doi: 10.1073/pnas.0335980100 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. and Reina, F. (2002). Quantifying the semantic contribution of particles. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics 9,  35-47.
[ doi: 10.1076/jqul.9.1.35.8483 ]