3.3 Representing Text 67 Let’s encode the following paragraph: The human body is composed of many independent systems, such as the circulatory system, the respiratory system, and the reproductive system. Not only must all systems work independently, they must interact and cooperate as well. Overall health is a function of the well-being of separate systems, as well as how these separate systems work in concert. The encoded paragraph is: The human body is composed of many independent systems, such ^ ~ circulatory system, ~ respiratory system, + ~ reproductive system. cooperate ^ %. Overall health is a function of ~ %-being of separate systems, ^ % ^ how # separate systems work in concert. There are a total of 349 characters in the original paragraph including spaces and punctuation. The encoded paragraph contains 314 characters, resulting in a savings of 35 characters. The compression ratio for this example is 314/349 or approximately 0.9.
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