Human Behavior and the Principle of Least Effort

The creation of this poem is inspired by Zipf’s law, a statistical distribution in certain data sets, such as words in a linguistic corpus. According to Zipf’s law, the frequency of specific words is inversely proportional to their ranks. In English language, “the” holds the highest frequency, appearing roughly one-tenth of the time in typical texts. The following common word, “of,” emerges about two-tenths of the time, and so on. English, although not my native language, has fascinated me with its distinct melody. To capture this essence, I selected the top 100 words and transformed them into a poem that reflects the rhythmic flow I perceive when speaking English. As I often feel like a complete stranger to the language, I sought to shape the poem through the voice of an AI avatar, represented by @synthesiaio. This allows the language itself to speak for its essence and intricacies.


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