Publications on (word) frequency theory

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2017). The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked meanings. Glottometrics 36, 1-16.
[ e-print ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2016). Compression and the origins of Zipf's law for word frequencies. Complexity 21 (S2), 409-411.
[ doi: 10.1002/cplx.21820 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2016). The meaning-frequency law in Zipfian optimization models of communication. Glottometrics 35, 28-37.
[ e-print ]

Corral, A., Boleda, G. & Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2015). Zipf's law for word frequencies: word forms versus lemmas in long texts. PLoS ONE 10 (7), e0129031.
[ doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129031 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2014). Optimization models of natural communication.
[ e-print ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Hernández-Fernández, A., Lusseau, D., Agoramoorthy, G., Hsu, M. J. & Semple, S. (2013). Compression as a universal principle of animal behavior. Cognitive Science, in press.
[ doi: 10.1111/cogs.12061, e-print ]

Semple, S., Hsu, M. J., Agoramoorthy, G., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2013). The law of brevity in macaque vocal communication is not an artifact of analyzing mean call durations. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 20 (3)
[ doi: 10.1080/09296174.2013.799917 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Hernández-Fernández, A. (2013). The failure of the law of brevity in two New World primates. Statistical caveats. Glottotheory 4 (1), 45-55.
[ doi: 10.524/glot.2013.0004, e-print ]

Baixeries, J., Elvevåg, B. & Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (2013). The evolution of the exponent of Zipf's law in language ontogeny. PLoS ONE 8 (3), e53227.
[ doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053227 ]

Baixeries, J., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Elvevåg, B. (2012). The exponent of Zipf’s law in language ontogeny. Evolution of Language Conference (Evolang 2012). Kyoto, Japan, March 13-16. In: THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference (EVOLANG9), J, Scott-Phillips, T, Tamariz, M, Cartmill, E, Hurford (eds.), World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 409-410.
[ doi:  10.1142/9789814401500_0055 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & McCowan, B. (2012). The span of correlations in dolphin whistle sequences. Journal of Statistical Mechanics, P06002.
[ doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2012/06/P06002 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Moscoso del Prado Martín, F. (2011). Information content versus word length in random typing. Journal of Statistical Mechanics, L12002.
[ doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2011/12/L12002 ]

Kello, C. T., Brown, G. D. A., Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Holden, G., Linkenkaer-Hansen, K., Rhodes, T. & Van Orden, G. C. (2010). Scaling laws in cognitive sciences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (5), 223-232.
[ doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2010.02.005 ]

"Corpo e pensiero. L' attività è scandita da regole matematiche", by  Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (PDF) on the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Elvevåg, B. (2010). Random texts do not exhibit the real Zipf's law-like rank distribution. PLoS ONE 5 (3), e9411.
[ doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009411 ]

Random Character Sequences Do Not Follow Zipf's Law.  A demonstration for Mathematica by Osman Tuna Gökgöz

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & McCowan, B. (2009). A law of word meaning in dolphin whistle types. Entropy 11 (4), 688-701.
[ doi: 10.3390/e11040688 ]

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Lusseau, D. (2009). Efficient coding in dolphin surface behavioral patterns. Complexity 14 (5), 23-25.
[ doi: 10.1002/cplx.20266 ]

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Onda Regional de Murcia (programa Adelantos), 31 de julio de 2009


Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. & Gavaldà, R. (2009). The frequency spectrum of finite samples from the intermittent silence process. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 60 (4), 837-843.
[ doi: 10.1002/asi.21033 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Hernández Fernández, A. (2008). Power laws and the golden number. In: “Problems of general, germanic and slavic linguistics”, Altmann, G., Zadorozhna, I. & Matskulyak, Y. (eds.), Chernivtsi: Books - XXI. pp. 518-523.
[ preprint ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Díaz-Guilera, A. (2007). The global minima of the communicative energy of natural communication systems. Journal of Statistical Mechanics, P06009.
[ doi: 10.1088/1742-5468/2007/06/P06009 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2006). On the universality of Zipf's law for word frequencies. In: "Exact methods in the study of language and text. In honor of Gabriel Altmann", Grzybek, P. & Köhler,R. (eds.) 131-140. Berlin: Gruyter.
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Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2006). When language breaks into pieces. A conflict between communication through isolated signals and language. BioSystems 84, 242-253.
[ doi: 10.1016/j.biosystems.2005.12.001 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). Hidden communication aspects in the exponent of Zipf's law. Glottometrics 11, 99-119.

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). Zipf's law from a communicative phase transition. European Physical Journal B 47, 449-457.
[ doi: 10.1140/epjb/e2005-00340-y ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Servedio, V.D.P. (2005). Can simple models explain Zipf's law in all cases? Glottometrics 11, 1-8.

Ferrer i Cancho, R., Riordan, O. & Bollobás, B. (2005). The consequences of Zipf's law for syntax and symbolic reference. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 272, 561-565.
[ doi: 10.1098/rspb.2004.2957 ]

Featured in Nature (News and views)

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). The variation of Zipf's law in human language. European Physical Journal B 44, 249-257.
[ doi: 10.1140/epjb/e2005-00121-8 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. (2005). Decoding least effort and scaling in signal frequency distributions. Physica A 345, 275-284.
[ doi: 10.1016/j.physa.2004.06.158 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Solé, R. V. (2003). Least effort and the origins of scaling in human language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 100, 788-791.
[ doi: 10.1073/pnas.0335980100 ]

Featured in Nature (Science Update)

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Solé, R. V. (2002). Zipf´s law and random texts. Advances in Complex Systems 5, 1-6.
[ doi: 10.1142/S0219525902000468 ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Reina, F. (2002). Quantifying the semantic contribution of particles. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics 9,  35-47.
[ doi: 10.1076/jqul. ]

Ferrer i Cancho, R. & Solé, R. V. (2001). Two regimes in the frequency of words and the origin of complex lexicons:  Zipf's law revisited. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics 8, 165-173.
[ doi: 10.1076/jqul. ]