Johnny-5 Posted February 6, 2023 at 05:20 AM Author Report Share Posted February 6, 2023 at 05:20 AM On 2/4/2023 at 9:22 PM, Moshen said: Average speaking speed in English is around 180 words/minute. Does that mesh? 180 English words equivalent to about 250 Chinese characters? One of these popsci guys (Steven Pinker maybe?) observed that UN documents when translated to Chinese were 75% of the size (in bytes) and thought he had discovered something amazing and revolutionary about language. In fact he'd just discovered something about computer science, ie if we assume that Chinese and english have a one to one correspondence in syllables, then a syllable in English will usually take 3 or more characters, which are 8 bits long and 3*8=24 . Chinese syllables are typically represented with a single 16 bit character. So we can see that every syllable should be 8 bits larger in English. Very simple, very easy It may not be 100% accurate, but you can understand why the documents would have to end up larger in English. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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