Statistics could help decode ancient scripts

2019-03-08 05:19:03

By Lisa Grossman A STATISTICAL method that picks out the most significant words in a book could help scholars decode ancient texts like the Voynich manuscript – or even messages from aliens. Humans find it easy to identify the words that capture the theme of a text – for example, that “whale” is a key word in Moby Dick – but this is a difficult task for computers. Now Marcelo Montemurro, a systems biologist at the University of Manchester, UK,