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!!Con 2016 - Lossy text compression, for some reason?! By Allison Parrish

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Published on May 30, 2016

Lossy text compression, for some reason?! By Allison Parrish

Although it had been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for decades, I only recently came to really understand how JPEG compression works. I'm a poet, so once I had this insight---OMG EVERYTHING IS A WAVEFORM---I had to find some way to apply this procedure to text. Compressing text with a lossy algorithm seems, on the surface, to be completely pointless. BUT IS IT?! In this talk I will discuss my experiments with lossy text compression and show how the outputs range from completely useless to strangely poetic to maybe, actually, dare I say it... practical?

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