Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho

  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

According to our database1, Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho authored at least 80 papers between 2001 and 2022.

Collaborative distances:
  • Dijkstra number2 of five.
  • Erdős number3 of four.



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Minimum projective linearizations of trees in linear time.
Inf. Process. Lett., 2022

Anti Dependency Distance Minimization in Short Sequences. A Graph Theoretic Approach.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2021

The Linear Arrangement Library. A new tool for research on syntactic dependency structures.
CoRR, 2021

Dependency distance minimization predicts compression.
CoRR, 2021

Linear-time calculation of the expected sum of edge lengths in random projective linearizations of trees.
CoRR, 2021

Zipf's laws of meaning in Catalan.
CoRR, 2021

The advent and fall of a vocabulary learning bias from communicative efficiency.
CoRR, 2021

The optimality of syntactic dependency distances.
CoRR, 2020

The variation of the sum of edge lengths in linear arrangements of trees.
CoRR, 2020

Reappraising the distribution of the number of edge crossings of graphs on a sphere.
CoRR, 2020

Fast calculation of the variance of edge crossings in random linear arrangements.
CoRR, 2020

Polysemy and brevity versus frequency in language.
Comput. Speech Lang., 2019

Edge crossings in random linear arrangements.
CoRR, 2019

Memory limitations are hidden in grammar.
CoRR, 2019

Optimal coding and the origins of Zipfian laws.
CoRR, 2019

Optimization Models of Natural Communication.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2018

The origins of Zipf's meaning-frequency law.
J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol., 2018

José María de Oleza Arredondo, S.J. (1887-1975).
Glottometrics, 2018

A Dependency Look at the Reality of Constituency.
Glottometrics, 2018

A Correction on Shiloach's Algorithm for Minimum Linear Arrangement of Trees.
SIAM J. Comput., 2017

The Placement of the Head that Maximizes Predictability. An Information Theoretic Approach.
Glottometrics, 2017

A commentary on "The Now-Or-Never Bottleneck: A Fundamental Constraint on Language", by Christiansen and Chater (2016).
Glottometrics, 2017

Random crossings in dependency trees.
Glottometrics, 2017

The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked meanings.
Glottometrics, 2017

The Entropy of Words - Learnability and Expressivity across More than 1000 Languages.
Entropy, 2017

Towards a theory of word order. Comment on "Dependency distance: a new perspective on syntactic patterns in natural language" by Haitao Liu et al.
CoRR, 2017

Are crossing dependencies really scarce?
CoRR, 2017

The Infochemical Core.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2016

The meaning-frequency law in Zipfian optimization models of communication.
Glottometrics, 2016

Liberating Language Research from Dogmas of the 20th Century.
Glottometrics, 2016

The scarcity of crossing dependencies: a direct outcome of a specific constraint?
CoRR, 2016

Parallels of human language in the behavior of bottlenose dolphins.
CoRR, 2016

The scaling of the minimum sum of edge lengths in uniformly random trees.
CoRR, 2016

The polysemy of the words that children learn over time.
CoRR, 2016

Compression and the origins of Zipf's law for word frequencies.
Complex., 2016

Crossings as a side effect of dependency lengths.
Complex., 2016

Testing the Robustness of Laws of Polysemy and Brevity Versus Frequency.
Proceedings of the Statistical Language and Speech Processing, 2016

Fast Calculation of Entropy with Zhang's Estimator.
Proceedings of the Issues in Quantitative Linguistics 4, 2016

Kauffman's adjacent possible in word order evolution.
CoRR, 2015

A commentary on "The now-or-never bottleneck: a fundamental constraint on language", by Christiansen and Chater (2015).
CoRR, 2015

Compression and the origins of Zipf's law of abbreviation.
CoRR, 2015

Reply to the commentary "Be careful when assuming the obvious", by P. Alday.
CoRR, 2014

Non-crossing dependencies: least effort, not grammar.
CoRR, 2014

A stronger null hypothesis for crossing dependencies.
CoRR, 2014

Beyond description. Comment on "Approaching human language with complex networks" by Cong & Liu.
CoRR, 2014

Zipf's law for word frequencies: word forms versus lemmas in long texts.
CoRR, 2014

The Law of Brevity in Macaque Vocal Communication is not an Artefact of Analysing Mean Call Durations.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2013

The Parameters of the Menzerath-Altmann Law in Genomes.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2013

Hubiness, length and crossings in syntactic dependencies.
Glottometrics, 2013

Constant conditional entropy and related hypotheses
CoRR, 2013

Networks in Cognitive Science
CoRR, 2013

Hubiness, length, crossings and their relationships in dependency trees
CoRR, 2013

The risks of mixing dependency lengths from sequences of different length
CoRR, 2013

The optimality of attaching unlinked labels to unlinked objects.
CoRR, 2013

Why SOV might be initially preferred and then lost or recovered? A theoretical framework.
CoRR, 2013

The placement of the head that minimizes online memory: a complex systems approach.
CoRR, 2013

The challenges of statistical patterns of language: The case of Menzerath's law in genomes.
Complex., 2013

Compression as a Universal Principle of Animal Behavior.
Cogn. Sci., 2013

Erratum to "Random models of Menzerath-Altmann law in genomes" (BioSystems 107(3) (2012) 167-173).
Biosyst., 2013

Constant entropy rate and related hypotheses versus real language.
Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 2013

Information content versus word length in random typing
CoRR, 2012

The law of brevity in macaque vocal communication is not an artifact of analyzing mean call durations
CoRR, 2012

The challenges of Menzerath's law in genomes
CoRR, 2012

The failure of the law of brevity in two New World primates. Statistical caveats
CoRR, 2012

Random models of Menzerath-Altmann law in genomes.
Biosyst., 2012

Size of the Whole <i>versus</i> Number of Parts in Genomes.
Entropy, 2011

The self-organization of genomes.
Complex., 2010

The frequency spectrum of finite samples from the intermittent silence process.
J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol., 2009

A Law of Word Meaning in Dolphin Whistle Types.
Entropy, 2009

Universal Complex Structures in Written Language
CoRR, 2009

Efficient coding in dolphin surface behavioral patterns.
Complex., 2009

Some Limits of Standard Linguistic Typology: the Case of Cysouw's Models for the Frequencies of the Six Possible Orderings of S, V and O.
Adv. Complex Syst., 2008

Some Word Order Biases from Limited Brain Resources: a Mathematical Approach.
Adv. Complex Syst., 2008

Spectral Methods Cluster Words of the Same Class in a Syntactic Dependency Network.
Int. J. Bifurc. Chaos, 2007

On the universality of Zipf's law for word frequencies.
Proceedings of the Exact Methods in the Study of Language and Text, 2007

Hidden communication aspects in the exponent of Zipf's law.
Glottometrics, 2005

Can simple models explain Zipf's law for all exponents?
Glottometrics, 2005

Quantifying the Semantic Contribution of Particles.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2002

Zipf's Law and Random Texts.
Adv. Complex Syst., 2002

Two Regimes in the Frequency of Words and the Origins of Complex Lexicons: Zipf's Law Revisited.
J. Quant. Linguistics, 2001