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Re: VMs: algorithm to generate VMS like text

On Thursday 14 Aug 2003 11:19 am, Rene Zandbergen wrote:
> What the monkey cannot emulate is the long-range
> variations (Mark Perakh and Gabriel's results).
> I am not too sure whether the monkey would also
> generate a realistic word frequency list.

I think that is correct. Beyond the nth order there is no structure.
This is also described nicely in Bennett's book and also in an old Scientific 
American (perhap Computer Recreations column, can't find it now).
For example, the "word monkeys" (rather than the character monkeys) of order 3 
produce an almost readable (and funny) nonsense if given different subject 
texts to gather the transition probabilities.



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