Efficient Coding in Dolphin Surface Behavioral Patterns

R. Ferrer-I-Cancho, D. Lusseau

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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. (C) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity 14: 23-25, 2009

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
Issue number5
Early online date24 Oct 2008
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


  • law of brevity
  • word length
  • coding
  • information theory
  • quantitative linguistics
  • mathematical-theory
  • communication

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