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How useful is the logarithmic type/token ratio?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 November 2008

Michael Weitzman
Affiliation:
Univerrity College, London

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What has been described as ‘one of the most remarkable (facts) in quantitative linguistics’ is the constancy of the logarithmic type/token ratio. If V denotes vocabulary and N text length, then log V/log N ‘remains sensibly constant for samples of different size from a given literary text’.1

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