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[REBOL] Re: Compression

From: ryanc:iesco-dms at: 17-Apr-2001 12:55

Terry Brownell wrote:
> That's like saying how many megs of data can Pi produce. > > TBrownell
Exactly my point. So far it seems to be an awful lot. I would say the real problem is that 3 bytes can only contain about 1.7 million different combinations, so at maximum, only that number of documents could be compressed using a truly optimum technique. Such a technique would leave a vast number of documents in the world, and times to come, uncompressable or requiring more than 3 bytes. Several, several years ago I had come up with an compression scheme that could be redudantly compressed over and over, so that you could simply just keep on compressing until the document reached a miniscule size. After writing the program I discovered the only problem was that almost everything I compressed ended up larger than it was before I "compressed" it. However it did make an interesting encryption program. :^) --Ryan