Scientific publications

2022

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Bentz, C.; Seguin, C.

Optimal coding and the origins of Zipfian laws Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 165-194, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, Zipf's law for word frequencies, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.; Esteban, J. L.; Alemany-Puig, L.

Optimality of syntactic dependency distances Journal Article

In: Physical Review E, vol. 105, pp. 014308, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Alemany-Puig, L.; Esteban, J. L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Minimum projective linearizations of trees in linear time Journal Article

In: Information Processing Letters, vol. 174, pp. 106204, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Alemany-Puig, L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Linear-time calculation of the expected sum of edge lengths in random projective linearizations of trees Journal Article

In: Journal of Computational Linguistics, pp. in press, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: dependency syntax, network science, word order

Semple, S.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gustison, M.

Linguistic laws in biology Journal Article

In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 53-66, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Law of meaning distribution, Meaning-frequency law, Menzerath-Altmann law, theory construction, Zipf's law for word frequencies, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Gómez-Rodríguez, Carlos

Dependency distance mininimization predicts compression Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Quantitative Syntax (Quasy, SyntaxFest 2021), pp. 45-57, Association for Computational Linguistics, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: dependency syntax, theory construction

Alemany-Puig, Lluís; Esteban, Juan L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

The Linear Arrangement Library. A new tool for research on syntactic dependency structures Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Quantitative Syntax (Quasy, SyntaxFest 2021), pp. 1-16, Association for Computational Linguistics, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: dependency syntax, network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Lusseau, D.; McCowan, B.

Parallels of human language in the behavior of bottlenose dolphins Journal Article

In: Linguistic Frontiers, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 5-11, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Law of meaning distribution, Meaning-frequency law, Menzerath-Altmann law, theory construction, Zipf's law for word frequencies, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Petrini, S.; Casas-i-Muñoz, A.; Cluet-i-Martinell, J.; Wang, M.; Bentz, C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The optimality of word lengths. Theoretical foundations and an empirical study. Journal Article

In: 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law of abbreviation

Alemany-Puig, L.; Esteban, J. L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The Maximum Linear Arrangement Problem for trees under projectivity and planarity Journal Article

In: 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: dependency syntax, network science, word order

Alemany-Puig, L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Linear-time calculation of the expected sum of edge lengths in planar linearizations of trees Journal Article

In: 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: dependency syntax, network science, word order

Gómez-Rodríguez, C.; Christiansen, M. H.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Memory limitations are hidden in grammar Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 52, pp. 39 – 64, 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: dependency syntax, network science, word order

2021

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.; Esteban, J. L.

Bounds of the variation of the sum of edge lengths in linear arrangements of trees Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. 023403, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Català, N.; Baixeries, J.; Ferrer-Cancho, R.; Padró, L.; Hernández-Fernández, A.

Zipf's laws of meaning in Catalan Journal Article

In: PLOS ONE, vol. 16, no. 12, pp. e0260849, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law for word frequencies, Zipf's meaning-frequency law

Carrera-Casado, David; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

The advent and fall of a vocabulary learning bias from communicative efficiency Journal Article

In: Biosemiotics, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 345-375, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: child language, information theory

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.

Anti dependency distance minimization in short sequences. A graph theoretic approach Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 50-76, 2021, (published online in 2019).

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

2020

Alemany-Puig, L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Fast calculation of the variance of edge crossings in random linear arrangements Journal Article

In: pp. under review, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Alemany-Puig, L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Edge crossings in random linear arrangements Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, no. 2, pp. 023403, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Alemany-Puig, L.; Mora, M.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Reappraising the distribution of the number of edge crossings of graphs on a sphere Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. 083401, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Corral, A.; Serra, I.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Distinct flavors of Zipf's law and its maximum likelihood fitting: Rank-size and size-distribution representations Journal Article

In: Physical Review E, pp. 052113, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law for word frequencies

2019

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R

SyntaxFest 2019 Invited talk - Dependency distance minimization: facts, theory and predictions Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the First Workshop on Quantitative Syntax (Quasy, SyntaxFest 2019), pp. 1–1, Association for Computational Linguistics, Paris, France, 2019.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon

SyntaxFest 2019 Invited talk - Dependency distance minimization: facts, theory and predictions Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the First Workshop on Quantitative Syntax (Quasy, SyntaxFest 2019), pp. 1–1, Association for Computational Linguistics, Paris, France, 2019.

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Hernández, A.; Cancho, R. Ferrer

Lingüística cuantitativa. La estadística de las palabras Book

EMSE EDAPP y Prisanoticas Colecciones, 2019, (English title: Quantitative linguistics. The statistics of words).

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Casas, B.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Catal`a, N.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Baixeries, J.

Polysemy and brevity versus frequency in language Journal Article

In: Computer Speech and Language, vol. 58, pp. 19 – 50, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law of abbreviation, Zipf's meaning-frequency law

Heesen, R.; Hobaiter, C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Semple, S.

Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 286, pp. 20182900, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath's law, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The sum of edge lengths in random linear arrangements Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. 053401, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

2018

Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Bentz, Chris

The evolution of optimized language in the light of standard information theory Inproceedings

In: Cuskley, C.; Flaherty, M.; Little, H.; McCrohon, Luke; Ravignani, A.; Verhoef, T. (Ed.): The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII), NCU Press, 2018.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory

Casas, B.; Catal`a, N.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Baixeries, J.

The polysemy of the words that children learn over time Journal Article

In: Interaction Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 389 – 426, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: child language, vocabulary learning

Chen, X.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C. C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

A dependency look at the reality of constituency Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 40, pp. 104-106, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.; Esteban, J. L.

Are crossing dependencies really scarce? Journal Article

In: Physica A, vol. 493, pp. 311-329, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Vitevitch, M.

The origins of Zipf's meaning-frequency law Journal Article

In: Journal of the American Association for Information Science and Technology, vol. 69, no. 11, pp. 1369–1379, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, network science, Zipf's meaning-frequency law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Optimization models of natural communication Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 207-237, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, Zipf's law for word frequencies

2017

Elvevåg, B.; Foltz, P. W.; Rosenstein, M.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Deyne, S. De; Mizraji, E.; Cohen, A.

Thoughts About Disordered Thinking: Measuring and Quantifying the Laws of Order and Disorder Journal Article

In: Schizophrenia Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 509-513, 2017.

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Bentz, C.; Alikaniotis, D.; Cysouw, M.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The entropy of words - Learnability and expressivity across more than 1000 languages Journal Article

In: Entropy, vol. 19, no. 6, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

A commentary on ``The now-or-never bottleneck: a fundamental constraint on language'', by Christiansen and Chater (2016) Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 38, pp. 107-111, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Gómez-Rodríguez, C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Scarcity of crossing dependencies: a direct outcome of a specific constraint? Journal Article

In: Physical Review E, vol. 96, pp. 062304, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Esteban, J. L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

A correction on Shiloach's algorithm for minimum linear arrangement of trees Journal Article

In: SIAM Journal of Computing, vol. 46, no. 3, pp. 1146-1151, 2017.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Random crossings in dependency trees Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 37, pp. 1-12, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The placement of the head that maximizes predictability. An information theoretic approach Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 39, pp. 38-71, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, word order

2016

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked meanings Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 36, pp. 1-16, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, vocabulary learning

Lozano, A.; Casas, B.; Bentz, C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Fast calculation of entropy with Zhang's estimator Incollection

In: Kelih, J. Macutek R. Knight E.; Wilson, A. (Ed.): Issues in Quantitative Linguistics 4. Dedicated to Reinhard Köhler on the occasion of his 65th birthday, pp. 273-285, RAM-Verlag, Lüdenscheid, 2016, (No. 23 of the series ``Studies in Quantitative Linguistic'').

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory

Bentz, C.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Zipf's law of abbreviation as a language universal Inproceedings

In: Bentz, Christian; Jäger, Gerhard; Yanovich, Igor (Ed.): Proceedings of the Leiden Workshop on Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, University of Tübingen, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law of abbreviation

Kershenbaum, Arik; Blumstein, Daniel T.; Roch, Marie A.; Akçay, Çağlar; Backus, Gregory; Bee, Mark A.; Bohn, Kirsten; Cao, Yan; Carter, Gerald; Cäsar, Cristiane; Coen, Michael; DeRuiter, Stacy L.; Doyle, Laurance; Edelman, Shimon; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon; Freeberg, Todd M.; Garland, Ellen C.; Gustison, Morgan; Harley, Heidi E.; Huetz, Chloé; Hughes, Melissa; Bruno, Julia Hyland; Ilany, Amiyaal; Jin, Dezhe Z.; Johnson, Michael; Ju, Chenghui; Karnowski, Jeremy; Lohr, Bernard; Manser, Marta B.; McCowan, Brenda; Mercado, Eduardo; Narins, Peter M.; Piel, Alex; Rice, Megan; Salmi, Roberta; Sasahara, Kazutoshi; Sayigh, Laela; Shiu, Yu; Taylor, Charles; Vallejo, Edgar E.; Waller, Sara; Zamora-Gutierrez, Veronica

Acoustic sequences in non-human animals: a tutorial review and prospectus Journal Article

In: Biological Reviews, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 13–52, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

Hernández-Fernández, A.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The infochemical core Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 133-153, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: chemical communication

Hernández-Fernández, A.; Casas, B.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Baixeries, J.

Testing the robustness of laws of polysemy and brevity versus frequency Inproceedings

In: Král, P.; Martín-Vide, C. (Ed.): 4th International Conference on Statistical Language and Speech Processing (SLSP 2016). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 9918, pp. 19–29, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: child language, Zipf's law of abbreviation, Zipf's meaning-frequency law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Non-crossing dependencies: least effort, not grammar Incollection

In: Mehler, A.; Lücking, A.; Banisch, S.; Blanchard, P.; Job, B. (Ed.): Towards a theoretical framework for analyzing complex linguistic networks, pp. 203-234, Springer, Berlin, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Kauffman's adjacent possible in word order evolution Inproceedings

In: The evolution of language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11), 2016.

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Gustison, M. L.; Semple, S.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Bergman, T.

Gelada vocal sequences follow Menzerath's linguistic law Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, vol. 13, no. 19, pp. E2750–E2758, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, Menzerath's law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.

Liberating language research from dogmas of the 20th century. Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 33, pp. 33-34, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Compression and the origins of Zipf's law for word frequencies Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 21, pp. 409-411, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, Zipf's law for word frequencies

Esteban, J. L.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.

The scaling of the minimum sum of edge lengths in uniformly random trees Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. 063401, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The meaning-frequency law in Zipfian optimization models of communication Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 35, pp. 28-37, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

2015

Bentz, C; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R

Zipf's law of abbreviation as a language universal Inproceedings

In: Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics, Lorentz Center Workshop, Leiden, 2015.

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Semple, S.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Bergman, T.; Hsu, M.; Agoramoorthy, G.; Gustison, M.

Linguistic laws in primate vocal communication Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the 6th European Federation for Primatology Meeting, XXII Italian Association of Primatology Congress Rome, Italy, August 25-28. Folia Primatologica 86, 357, 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Menzerath's law, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Corral, A.; Boleda, G.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Zipf's law for word frequencies: word forms versus lemmas in long texts Journal Article

In: PLoS ONE, vol. 10, no. 7, pp. e0129031, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law for word frequencies

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Bentz, C.; Seguin, C.

Compression and the origins of Zipf's law of abbreviation Journal Article

In: 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Gómez-Rodríguez, C.

Crossings as a side effect of dependency lengths Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 21, pp. 320-328, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Reply to the commentary ``Be careful when assuming the obvious'', by P. Alday Journal Article

In: Language Dynamics and Change, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 147-155, 2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The placement of the head that minimizes online memory. A complex systems approach Journal Article

In: Language Dynamics and Change, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 114-137, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

2014

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Baixeries, J.; Dębowski, Ł.; Mačutek, J.

When is Menzerath-Altmann law mathematically trivial? A new approach Journal Article

In: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 633-644, 2014.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes, Menzerath's law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Beyond description. Comment on "Approaching human language with complex networks" by Cong & Liu Journal Article

In: Physics of Life Reviews, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 621-623, 2014.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Towards a theory of word order. Comment on "Dependency distance: A new perspective on syntactic patterns in natural language" by Haitao Liu et al. Journal Article

In: Physics of Life Reviews, vol. 21, pp. 218-220, 2014.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Why might SOV be initially preferred and then lost or recovered? A theoretical framework Inproceedings

In: Cartmill, E. A.; Roberts, S.; Lyn, H.; Cornish, H. (Ed.): THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference (EVOLANG10), pp. 66-73, Wiley, Vienna, Austria, 2014, (Evolution of Language Conference (Evolang 2014), April 14-17).

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

What if we are not at the center? Inproceedings

In: THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference (EVOLANG10), Wiley, Vienna, Austria, 2014, (Evolution of Language Conference (Evolang 2014), April 14-17).

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

A stronger null hypothesis for crossing dependencies Journal Article

In: Europhysics Letters, vol. 108, no. 5, pp. 58003, 2014.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science, word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Liu, H.

The risks of mixing dependency lengths from sequences of different length Journal Article

In: Glottotheory, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 143-155, 2014.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

2013

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Baixeries, J.; Hernández-Fernández, A.

Erratum to "Random models of Menzerath-Altmann law in genomes" (BioSystems 107 (3), 167-173) Journal Article

In: Biosystems, vol. 111, no. 3, pp. 216-217, 2013.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes, Menzerath's law

Baixeries, J.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Forns, N.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The parameters of Menzerath-Altmann law in genomes Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 94-104, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes, Menzerath's law

Baixeries, J.; Elvevåg, B.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The evolution of the exponent of Zipf's law in language ontogeny Journal Article

In: PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. e53227, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: child language, vocabulary learning, Zipf's law for word frequencies

Baronchelli, A.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Pastor-Satorras, R.; Chatter, N.; Christiansen, M. H.

Networks in cognitive science Journal Article

In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 17, pp. 348-360, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Debowski, L.; Martín, F. Moscoso Prado

Constant conditional entropy and related hypotheses Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. L07001, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Hubiness, length, crossings and their relationships in dependency trees Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 25, pp. 1-21, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Hernández-Fernández, A.

The failure of the law of brevity in two New World primates. Statistical caveats Journal Article

In: Glottotheory, vol. 4, no. 1, 2013.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Lusseau, D.; Agoramoorthy, G.; Hsu, M. J.; Semple, S.

Compression as a universal principle of animal behavior Journal Article

In: Cognitive Science, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 1565-1578, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory, Zipf's law of abbreviation

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Forns, N.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Bel-Enguix, G.; Baixeries, J.

The challenges of statistical patterns of language: the case of Menzerath's law in genomes Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 11-17, 2013.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes, Menzerath's law

2012

Baixeries, J.; Hernández-Fernández, A.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Random models of Menzerath-Altmann law in genomes Journal Article

In: Biosystems, vol. 107, pp. 167-173, 2012.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes, Menzerath's law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; McCowan, B.

The span of dependencies in dolphin whistle sequences Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. P06002, 2012.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory

2011

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Martín, F. Moscoso Prado

Information content versus word length in random typing Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. L12002, 2011.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: information theory

Hernández-Fernández, A.; Baixeries, J.; Forns, N.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Size of the whole versus number of parts in genomes Journal Article

In: Entropy, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 1465-1480, 2011.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes

2010

Kello, C. T.; Brown, G. D. A.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Holden, J. G.; Linkenkaer-Hansen, K.; Rhodes, T.; Orden, G. C. Van

Scaling laws in cognitive sciences Journal Article

In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 223–232, 2010.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: network science

2009

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Gavald`a, R

The frequency spectrum of finite samples from the intermittent silence process Journal Article

In: Journal of the American Association for Information Science and Technology, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 837-843, 2009.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Forns, N

The self-organization of genomes Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 34-36, 2009.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: genomes, Menzerath's law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; McCowan, B

A law of word meaning in dolphin whistle types Journal Article

In: Entropy, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 688-701, 2009.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's meaning-frequency law

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Lusseau, D

Efficient coding in dolphin surface behavioral patterns Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 23-25, 2009.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Elvevåg, B

Random texts do not exhibit the real Zipf's-law-like rank distribution Journal Article

In: PLoS ONE, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. e9411, 2009.

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2008

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Lorenzo, G.; Longa, V.

Long-distance dependencies are not uniquely human Incollection

In: Smith, A. D. M.; Smith, K.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. (Ed.): The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (EVOLANG7), World Scientific Press, Singapore, 2008.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R

Information theory Incollection

In: information P = keywords theory P. Colm Hogan, (Ed.): The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R

Network theory Incollection

In: Hogan, P P. Colm (Ed.): The Cambridge encyclopedia of the language sciences, pp. 555-557, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Fernández, A Hernández

Power laws and the golden number Incollection

In: Kelih, E; Levickij, V; Altmann, G (Ed.): Problems of text analysis, 2008.

BibTeX | Tags: Zipf's law for word frequencies

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R

Some word order biases from limited brain resources. A mathematical approach Journal Article

In: Advances in Complex Systems, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 393-414, 2008.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: word order

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R

Some limits of standard linguistic typology. The case of Cysouw's models for the frequencies of the six possible orderings of S, V and O Journal Article

In: Advances in Complex Systems, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 421-432, 2008.

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Smith, Andrew D M; Smith, Kenny; Ferrer-i-Cancho, Ramon (Ed.)

The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (EVOLANG7) Book

World Scientific Press, Singapore, 2008.

BibTeX | Tags: evolutionary biology

2007

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Capocci, A.; Caldarelli, G.

Spectral methods cluster words of the same class in a syntactic dependency network Journal Article

In: International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, vol. 17, no. 7, pp. 2453-2463, 2007.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

On the universality of Zipf's law for word frequencies Incollection

In: Grzybek, P.; Köhler, R. (Ed.): Exact methods in the study of language and text. To honor Gabriel Altmann, pp. 131-140, Gruyter, Berlin, 2007.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Díaz-Guilera, A.

The global minima of the communicative energy of natural communication systems Journal Article

In: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, pp. P06009, 2007.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Mehler, A.; Pustylnikov, O.; Díaz-Guilera, A.

Correlations in the organization of large-scale syntactic dependency networks Inproceedings

In: Proceedings of the workshop TextGraphs-2: Graph-based Methods for Natural Language Processing at the Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2007), Rochester, New York, pp. 65-72, 2007.

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2006

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

When language breaks into pieces. A conflict between communication through isolated signals and language Journal Article

In: Biosystems, vol. 84, pp. 242-253, 2006.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Lusseau, D.

Long-term correlations in the surface behavior of dolphins Journal Article

In: Europhysics Letters, vol. 74, no. 6, pp. 1095-1101, 2006.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Why do syntactic links not cross? Journal Article

In: Europhysics Letters, vol. 76, no. 6, pp. 1228-1235, 2006.

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2005

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Decoding least effort and scaling in signal frequency distributions Journal Article

In: Physica A, vol. 345, pp. 275-284, 2005.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The variation of Zipf's law in human language Journal Article

In: European Physical Journal B, vol. 44, pp. 249-257, 2005.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Zipf's law from a communicative phase transition Journal Article

In: European Physical Journal B, vol. 47, pp. 449-457, 2005.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Riordan, O.; Bollobás, B.

The consequences of Zipf's law for syntax and symbolic reference Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol. 272, pp. 561-565, 2005.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Servedio, Vito D. P.

Can simple models explain Zipf's law for all exponents? Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 11, pp. 1-8, 2005.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Hidden communication aspects inside the exponent of Zipf's law Journal Article

In: Glottometrics, vol. 11, pp. 96-117, 2005.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

The structure of syntactic dependency networks from recent advances in the study of linguistic networks Incollection

In: Levickij, V.; Altmann, G. (Ed.): The problems in quantitative linguistics, pp. 60-75, Ruta, Chernivtsi, 2005.

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2004

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.; Köhler, R.

Patterns in syntactic dependency networks Journal Article

In: Physical Review E, vol. 69, pp. 051915, 2004.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Euclidean distance between syntactically linked words Journal Article

In: Physical Review E, vol. 70, pp. 056135, 2004.

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2003

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.

Least effort and the origins of scaling in human language Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, vol. 100, pp. 788-791, 2003.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.

Optimization in complex networks Incollection

In: Pastor-Satorras, R.; Rubí, J. M.; Díaz-Guilera, A. (Ed.): Statistical Mechanics of complex networks, vol. 625, pp. 114-125, Springer, Berlin, 2003.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.

Language: universals, principles and origins PhD Thesis

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2003.

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2002

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.

Zipf's law and random texts Journal Article

In: Advances in Complex Systems, vol. 5, pp. 1-6, 2002.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Reina, F.

Quantifying the semantic contribution of particles Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 9, pp. 35-47, 2002.

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Solé, R V; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Montoya, J M; Valverde, S

Selection, tinkering and emergence in complex networks Journal Article

In: Complexity, vol. 8, pp. 20-33, 2002.

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Valverde, S; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; Solé, R V

Scale free networks from optimal design Journal Article

In: Europhysics Letters, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 512-517, 2002.

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2001

Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.

Two regimes in the frequency of words and the origin of complex lexicons: Zipf's law revisited Journal Article

In: Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 165-173, 2001.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Solé, R. V.

The small-world of human Language Journal Article

In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol. 268, pp. 2261-2266, 2001.

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Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Janssen, C.; Solé, R. V.

Topology of technology graphs: small world patterns in electronic circuits Journal Article

In: Physical Review E, vol. 64, pp. 046119, 2001.

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Miralles, R; Ferrer, R; Solé, R V; Moya, A; Elena, S F

Multiple infection dynamics has pronounced effects on the fitness of RNA viruses Journal Article

In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 654-662, 2001.

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1999

Solé, R. V.; Ferrer-i-Cancho, R; González-Garcia, I; Quer, J; Domingo, E

Read queen dynamics, competition and critical points in a model of RNA virus quasispecies Journal Article

In: Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 198, pp. 47-59, 1999.

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