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Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics Journal Club

Date: Jun 15, 2009
Title: "A review of statistical studies of human languages."
Speaker: Samarth Chandra.
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Abstract: Statistical physics techniques have been used to study human languages. Prominent techniques found useful there are variable structure markov chains and models inspired by spin glasses. I will take the review by Seidenberg (Science, vol 275, pg 1599) as the main reference although a substantial part of the talk will be spent discussing the back references and the ideas about languages before statistical physics. By the end of the talk I hope to sketch the evolution of this sub-field of biophysics and also the current understanding.