How do they do this? Can python?

Peter Hansen peter at
Wed Aug 7 05:17:07 CEST 2002

Terry Hancock wrote:
> > All light buckets alongside the easy river were teasing for the
> > upper planet.  They are pouring without the corner now, won't
> > improve gardners later.  Atiqullah!  You'll move jugs.  Yesterday, I'll
> > dream the button.  Who climbs steadily, when Mhammed believes the
> > poor egg behind the swamp?  My sharp kettle won't care before I
> > shout it.  Never irrigate the balls annually, answer them wastefully.  Get your
> > regularly creeping game in my earth.
> Is this hacked up input text, or classified words being
> randomly combined? (Not completely random -- it obviously
> knows about parts of speech, unless this is simply a
> reflection of the source text, preserved by some semi-magical
> transformation involving Markov whatevers).

Effectively classified words randomly combined.  Often with a 
template that says "article adjective adjective noun-subject 
verb preposition article adjective noun-object" for example, with 
appropriate substitutions from dictionaries of such words.
You can combine a variety of templates to make it seem to have
variety.  Doubtless there are much more sophisticated techniques
with which I'm not familiar.

(Note: my response above was actually generated randomly, using
such techniques.  That it said pretty much what I would have
said myself is a complete, though entirely bizarre coincidence... ;)


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