Re: [dev] Looking for simple, alpha supporting image format

From: Weldon Goree <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:56:56 +0530

On 07/18/2014 10:45 PM, Charlie Murphy wrote:
> Interesting. How could a header change the compression so much?

Ideal compression is based on a known PMF. Actual compression is based
on a heuristic PMF. A header changes that heuristic PMF, sometimes quite
dramatically. Particularly if it uses a different alphabet than the data

(As a thought experiment, imagine if you knew beforehand that a file
*either* contained "Four score and seven years ago" or "Now is the
winter of our discontent". And no other options. How many bits would it
take to encode that file?)

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