Can anyone think of a way to use Huffman Encoding to improve the compression rate of Lempel-Ziv Encoding?

My initial idea was to encode with higher probabilities given to shorter strings (i.e. the string "e" would have a higher probability than the string "ef").

Does anyone know of a good way?


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Huffman encoding is already used this way.

Huffman encoding is already used together with LZ77 to improve its compression rate. The most widely used instance of LZ77-style compression is DEFLATE. DEFLATE combines LZ77 with Huffman encoding. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ77_and_LZ78#Implementations and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFLATE.

Huffman encoding is commonly used together with standard LZW (Lempel-Ziv-Welch) encoders to improve their compression rate. See the Wikipedia article on LZW and other standard resources on LZW coding for details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lempel%E2%80%93Ziv%E2%80%93Welch


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