Voynich Zipf Chart

Below is a Zipf chart of the 1,000 most frequently used words in the Voynich Manuscript.

If you’re interested in exactly what this chart shows, the Wikipedia article describes it pretty well.

If not, here’s the basics:

Zipf’s law states that given some corpus of natural language utterances, the frequency of any word is¬†inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table. Thus the most frequent word will occur approximately twice as often as the second most frequent word, three times as often as the third most frequent word, etc.

In this chart, the X axis represents the word frequency. The higher the ranking (the further to the right on the x axis) the more frequently it occurred.  The Y axis represents the total number of occurrences of the word. The formula used here is x=log(ranking) y=log(occurrences);

This chart is merely me reaffirming something widely known. That the Voynich (mostly) follows Zipf’s law and appears to represent a natural language. If you compare it to the Zipf Chart of words used in Wikipedia, you’ll notice some striking similarities.

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