Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor (kistaro) wrote,
Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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Nostradamus, remixed

For entertainment, I've been wandering around a web site of Nostradamus' prophecies. What Nostradamus wrote and what people are extrapolating from this in the present day seem entirely divorced from each other, which amuses me greatly.

I want to take the entire written works of Nostradamus and feed them into a Markov chain generator with three-word look-behind (but allowing novel groups of four or three words, although not of two), and commas and newlines as lexical elements. Then I want to see how reliably people can tell the difference between Markov-generated prophecies and Nostradamus-generated prophecies; I suspect the actual distinction rate will be very low except for people who have actually studied the source material...

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