Huffman Encoding of the Evolution of a Cellular Automaton

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Run-length encoding breaks up data into runs of identical elements of varying lengths. Huffman encoding, in particular, breaks data—in this case, an array of 1's and 0's—into distinct blocks of three. This Demonstration shows the Huffman encoding of the elementary cellular automaton evolutions.

Contributed by: Abigail Nussey (March 2011)
Based on a program by: Oyvind Tafjord
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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For more information on how the Huffman encoding works, see Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science pp. 563–564 (NKS|Online).



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