Efficient coding in dolphin surface behavioral patterns
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 23–25, May/June 2009
How to Cite
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. and Lusseau, D. (2009), Efficient coding in dolphin surface behavioral patterns. Complexity, 14: 23–25. doi: 10.1002/cplx.20266
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 AUG 2008
- Manuscript Received: 6 AUG 2007
- law of brevity;
- word length;
- information theory;
- quantitative linguistics
We show that the law of brevity, i.e. the tendency of words to shorten as their frequency increases, is also found in dolphin surface behavioral patterns. As far as we know, this is the first evidence of the law in another species, suggesting that coding efficiency is not unique to humans. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity, 2009.