Long-range fractal correlations in literary corpora

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  • Authors:
  • Marcelo A. Montemurro
  • Pedro A. Pury


In this paper, we analyze the fractal structure of long human language records by mapping large samples of texts onto time series. The particular mapping set up in this work is inspired on linguistic basis in the sense that is retains the word as the fundamental unit of communication. The results confirm that beyond the short-range correlations resulting from syntactic rules acting at sentence level, long-range structures emerge in large written language samples that give rise to long-range correlations in the use of words.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-461
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002