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Does the language of Dante fit the VMs?

Having spent many pleasurable hours checking various exotic cipher and code ideas, none of them remotely fits when using a GA, except one. My faith in the GA technique is that it very quickly gives an idea of how well a code/cipher theory fits the VMs text.

The one cipher idea and plaintext language that does notably better than all others is an nGram mapping with the language of Dante as the plaintext. This is a form of early Italian, and it produces results significantly better than all other languages tried with nGrams, including Latin, German, English, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese etc. .

I’ll post some results from this nGram/Dante GA later.

There is a significant obstacle with applying computational techniques to the VMs, and that is the machine transcriptions of the VMs text. Basically they differ substantially, to the extent that statistics obtained with, say, EVA do not match well with statistics obtained with, say, Voyn_101. A particular problem is glyph bloat … my opinion is that GC’s Voyn_101 transcription contains many more glyphs than the scribes were actually using. Little differences between the ways of writing “9″ for example, are classified as different glyphs. This plays havoc with statistical analysis. Thus I have a procedure that filters the Voyn_101 and remaps e.g. those multiple “9″ glyphs to the same glyph. This allows a smaller, more realistic, search space. But it still doesn’t address the question of what strokes make up a single glyph, which is often open to interpretation. Thus any nGram mapping procedure has to allow for at least 1-3 Grams in the Voynich to be reasonably sure of covering the glyph correspondences properly.

Here is an extract of the Dante Alighieri text that matches decently using nGrams to the VMs:


Cjant Prin

A metàt strada dal nustri lambicà
mi soj cjatàt ta un bosc cussì scur
chel troj just i no podevi pì cjatà.

A contàlu di nòuf a è propit dur:
stu post salvàdi al sgrifàva par dut
che al pensàighi al fa di nòuf timour!

Che colp amàr! Murì a lera puc pi brut!
Ma par tratà dal ben chiai cjatàt
i parlarài dal altri chiai jodùt.

I no saj propit coma chi soj entràt:
cun chel gran sùn che in chel moment i vèvi,
la strada justa i vèvi bandonàt.

Necuàrt che in riva in su i zèvi
propit la ca finiva la valàda
se tremaròla tal còu chi sintèvi

in alt jodùt iai la so spalàda
vistìda belzà dai rajs dal pianèta
cal mena i àltris dres pa la so strada.

(This is modified from a reply to Knox who commented on an earlier post.)

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