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November 23rd, 2004

Monkey Shakespeare Simulator

Fritz Warfield sent me this link.

The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator

It consists of 1032 monkeys typing away on typewriters to see who can do the best job of replicating Shakespeare. It seems that if you log on, you can contribute some monkeys to the project, but make sure to bring some (virtual) bananas.

The best any monkey has done so far is the first 22 letters of Cymbeline. The best any of my monkeys have done is the first 20 letters of Pericles. (My monkeys have better taste in plays than the average.) This might seem disappointing returns, but what the hosts of the site don’t say is that the monkeys have already managed to replicate two of my blog posts, and are well on their way to a third.

Posted by Brian Weatherson in Uncategorized


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3 Responses to “Monkey Shakespeare Simulator”

  1. Lynn says:

    Monkeys have reproduced all my blog postings and many of the ones I have been thinking about writing. Darn, just when I thought I was getting good.

  2. Felix of Gainesville says:

    Thanks for the awesome stuff. By my calculation at stupor-mundi.blogspot (need checking by anyone with stronger statistics background), the chance of a Shakespearean page produced in any given human second is ONE in 1 followed by 3800 ZEROES. Does that sound right? Comments and suggestions, please? (fxs_fl at hotmail). Thanks again. Fxs

  3. Michael B. Kimball says:

    In a related thought experiment, using a 50-character array over a 65-space line, George Gamow calculated 10 to the 110th possible variations. (His entertaining account of this matter can be found in “One, Two, Three… Infinity,” a book once universally esteemed by geeky American eighth graders.)

    If every atom in the universe were a printing press, working at the speed of Brownian motion, and the presses had been operating since the Big Bang, only one thirtieth of one percent of the possible variations (of one line!) would have been printed by 1947.