On 05 Aug 2000 10:35:21 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Guy Macon) wrote, in part:
>Did you facter in the fact that Morse Code already has some compression? >The more common letters use fewer dots and dashes.
Yes and no.
I did factor in the different lengths of the Morse Code characters; the precise way in which I did so, to produce an accurately optimal code is the primary subject of the web page in question.
However, I was examining their use to transmit an already compressed and then encrypted bit stream; thus, I wasn't attempting to preserve an existing compression.
Incidentally, there is one other area in which the technique outlined might be useful. Earlier cable codes used English and foreign words of differing lengths as codewords instead of uniform five-letter codewords; this technique could be used to determine the ideal probability for each codeword.