Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorFerrer Cancho, Ramon
dc.contributor.authorHernández Fernández, Antonio
dc.contributor.authorLusseau, David
dc.contributor.authorAgoramoorthy, Govindasamy
dc.contributor.authorHsu, Minna J.
dc.contributor.authorSemple, Stuart
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Ciències de la Computació
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Institut de Ciències de l'Educació
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-09T09:27:18Z
dc.date.created2013
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationFerrer-i-Cancho, R. [et al.]. Compression as a universal principle of animal behavior. "Cognitive science", 2013, vol. 37, núm. 8, p. 1565-1578.
dc.identifier.issn0364-0213
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2117/24008
dc.description.abstractA key aim in biology and psychology is to identify fundamental principles underpinning the behavior of animals, including humans. Analyses of human language and the behavior of a range of non-human animal species have provided evidence for a common pattern underlying diverse behavioral phenomena: Words follow Zipf’s law of brevity (the tendency of more frequently used words to be shorter), and conformity to this general pattern has been seen in the behavior of a number of other animals. It has been argued that the presence of this law is a sign of efficient coding in the information theoretic sense. However, no strong direct connection has been demonstrated between the law and compression, the information theoretic principle of minimizing the expected length of a code. Here, we show that minimizing the expected code length implies that the length of a word cannot increase as its frequency increases. Furthermore, we show that the mean code length or duration is significantly small in human language, and also in the behavior of other species in all cases where agreement with the law of brevity has been found. We argue that compression is a general principle of animal behavior that reflects selection for efficiency of coding.
dc.format.extent14 p.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Informàtica::Intel·ligència artificial::Llenguatge natural
dc.subject.lcshLinguistics
dc.subject.lcshAnimal communication
dc.subject.otherLaw of brevity
dc.subject.otherCompression
dc.subject.otherLanguage
dc.subject.otherAnimal behavior
dc.subject.otherLinguistic universals
dc.titleCompression as a universal principle of animal behavior
dc.typeArticle
dc.subject.lemacLingüística
dc.subject.lemacComunicació animal
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. LARCA - Laboratori d'Algorísmia Relacional, Complexitat i Aprenentatge
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/cogs.12061
dc.relation.publisherversionhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cogs.12061
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
local.identifier.drac13034047
dc.description.versionPostprint (author's final draft)
local.citation.authorFerrer-i-Cancho, R.; Hernández Fernández, A.; Lusseau, D.; Agoramoorthy, G.; Hsu, M.; Semple, S.
local.citation.publicationNameCognitive science
local.citation.volume37
local.citation.number8
local.citation.startingPage1565
local.citation.endingPage1578


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record