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Lord Of The Strings Part 1

I recently enjoyed the latest in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies at the cinema. I was intrigued by Tolkienís invented languages (such as Elvish and Dwarvish) and was curious to know where the languages came from, or more precisely, which real language was the biggest influence on Tolkien for his inventions. As I have been thinking about issues of string similarity recently (see Matching Strings and Algorithms), I wondered whether I could extend my ideas of string similarity to language similarity. In other words, could I discover to which real language Tolkienís artificial language is most similar?

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By: Simon White
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March 15, 2004
  1. · Lord Of The Strings Part 1
  2. · Word Lists and Databases
  3. · Word Lists
  4. · Loading the Text Files to the DB
  5. · Running the Query

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Lord Of The Strings Part 1 - Running the Query
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Given that we stored the total number of rows in a variable, it is now quite easy to run a query to express the word counts as a percentage of the total number of words. The query rounds the percentages to the nearest number to one decimal place.

mysqlselect lang as languageround(100*count(word)/@total,1) as percent 
       from words group by lang
language  percent |
DANISH    |     1.9 |
DUTCH     |    13.3 |
ENGLISH   |     4.2 |
FINNISH   |    21.4 |
FRENCH    |    10.3 |
GERMAN    |    11.9 |
HUNGARIAN |     1.3 |
JAPANESE  |     8.6 |
LATIN     |     5.7 |
NORWEGIAN |     4.6 |
POLISH    |     8.1 |
SPANISH   |     6.4 |
SWAHILI   |     1.4 |
SWEDISH   |     0.9 |
TOLKIEN   |     0.0 |
15 rows in set 
(3.56 sec)

By converting the output of this query to a comma-separated values file, and then loading it into Microsoft Excel, we can generate the following pie chart:

It is important that we understand how well represented the different languages are in the set of word lists, as this will affect our interpretation of the results of the lexical similarity analysis. Clearly  

Pie Chart of Rings

Finnish is well represented in our word lists, as are Dutch, French and German. With Finnish having the largest number of words, we have a good starting point for testing the belief that Finnish was the biggest influence on Tolkienís languages of Middle Earth.

In my next article, I will explain the algorithm that I used to analyze the word lists, present an overview of the Java source code, and reveal the language that, according to my findings, most influenced Tolkien.

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