BitComp is a new compression method using bits repacking.
Release Notes: Initial release.
Just to make things clear
I got a few responses regarding similarity between the description of the algorithm to Huffman algorithm. I doubt If many of those critics took the time to look at the PHP source however
In order to make a few things clear, I don't think there is any similarity to Huffman, maybe at the very basic concept level, but not in the algorithm itself(Huffman uses B-Trees, And can compress files that use even 99% of the ASCII table. the last time i checked, BitComp did not use B-Trees, and requires files to use less than 50% of the ascii table for minimal compression), and not in the compression ratio
As a proof, i downloaded Huffman implementation from the internet(which came with the source). I compressed a sample file using both Huffman and Bitcomp. results are as follows
Original : 15096 bytes
BitComp : 13209 bytes
Huffman : 8973 bytes
So, as you can see, BitComp is not huffman. the sample file used 86/256 from the ascii table, that means BitComp encoded it in 7-bits. Huffman definatly used some other method
This does not mean BitComp is a poor compression method however, As not all features(like LZ encapsulation) are currently implemented, so while(as i claimed on the web site) it is currently easily bypassed by LZ7? algorithms, it doesn't mean it will not be improved in the near future
Hope that made a few things clear
Someone needs to explain Huffman coding to this person, and point out that any respectable file compression utility ('compress', gzip, bzip2, etc.) will certainly achieve the basic symbol-space compression "BitComp" touts as a "new compression technique".
17 Aug 2000 16:58
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