From: Ram Viswanadha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 06 2003 - 18:23:21 EST
There is also some information at
Not sure if this is what you are looking for.
----- Original Message -----
From: Yung-Fong Tang
To: Francois Yergeau
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: length of text by different languages
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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