Chronology of Sanskrit Texts: An Information-Theoretic Corroboration

Aniket Anand, D and Jana, S (2013) Chronology of Sanskrit Texts: An Information-Theoretic Corroboration. In: 2013 National Conference on Communications, NCC 2013, 15-17, February 2013, New Delhi; India.

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Abstract

Chronological ordering of Sanskrit texts engaged numerous researchers over centuries. Early subjective efforts, based on historical tradition, astronomical references, and comparative linguistics, graduated to statistical techniques; however, intimate knowledge of the language was still required. In this backdrop, we propose an information-theoretic measure, namely the entropy rate, as a chronological indicator, and buttress our thesis with experimental evidence. The proposed measure, requiring minimal linguistic knowledge, could be attractive for its simplicity, and its basis in rigorous theoretical foundations. In particular, we establish prediction by the partial matching (PPM) algorithm as an efficient entropy estimation technique for Sanskrit texts, and showed that the resultant estimate indicates the chronology of landmark texts starting from the Rigveda, to Kalidasa's works, to Rupa Goswami's Padyavali

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronology; Entropy; Prediction by partial matching; Sanskrit literature; Unicode
Subjects: Others > Electricity
Divisions: Department of Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 09:43
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2014 09:43
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/1014
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/NCC.2013.6488012
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