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Stylized innovation: interrogating incrementally available randomised dictionaries

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Article number1806.07722
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>15/06/2018
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Inspired by recent work of Fink, Reeves, Palma and Farr (2017) on innovation in language, gastronomy, and technology, I study how new symbol discovery manifests itself in terms of additional "word" vocabulary being available from dictionaries generated from a finite number of symbols. Several distinct dictionary generation models are investigated using numerical simulation, with emphasis on the scaling of knowledge as dictionary generators and parameters are varied, and the role of which order the symbols are discovered in.

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