From: Yung-Fong Tang (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Mar 06 2003 - 17:33:09 EST
Francois Yergeau wrote:
>>I remember there were some study to show although UTF-8 encode each
>>Japanese/Chinese characters in 3 bytes, Japanese/Chinese usually use
>>LESS characters in writting to communicate information than
>>alphabetic base langauges.
>>Any one can point to me such research?
>I don't know of exactly what you want, but I vaguely remember a paper given
>at a Unicode conference long ago that compared various translations of the
>charter (or some such) of the Voice of America in a couple or three
>encodings. Hmmmm, let's see.... could be this:
>Reuters Compression Scheme for Unicode (RCSU)
yea. That could be it. I got a hard copy and it looks like the Fig 2 is
the one I am looking for.
>No paper online, alas. I remember that Chinese was a clear winner in terms
>of # of characters. In fact, I kind of remember that Chinese was so much
>denser that it still won after RCSU (now SCSU) compression, which would mean
>that a Han character contains more than twice as much info on average as a
>Latin letter as used in (say) English.
>This is all on pretty shaky ground, distant memories. Perhaps Misha stil
>has the figures (if that's in fact the right paper).
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