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This issue of IRW covers some artificial language algorithms originally investigated by Claude Shannon in his seminal work A Mathematical Theory of Communication.
In that work, frequencies associated to a pool of strings were used. In his tests, Shannon used the 26 letters from the English alphabet plus the space. He also used entire words.
Despite of their simplicity, students often have problems understanding these algorithms. In this issue we show how teachers and students can reproduce Shannon’s algorithms. To adhere to his experiments, we reproduce his comments and findings.