Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thoughts experiments

we had to learn something about thoughts experiments...

anyways the quiz we had was below, what would you have answered lol


Imagine a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time. It will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.

MY ANSWER: yes it can.

so the hypothesis is that randomness can result in some form of order, by hitting keys at random, a given text can be typed.

so instead of starting with the problem with a long text, we start with short words, for example a 3 letter word. with 26 possibility because of alphabets, we take 26^3=17576

meaning for a specific 3 letter word to be produced, when randomly pressing the keys, chances of it getting the 3 letter word that we want is 1 out of 17576.

we can use that to test in the experiment, by randomly pressing 3 keys then recording the results.

since this claim can be tested empirically, it means that it can be verified.

1 comment:

  1. Imposable. After a while it would run out of ink :D



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