Saturday, April 29, 2017

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"Monkeys Typing"
number 6









5 comments:

  1. 3.875 X 2.75 inches
    Moulin du Roy 90 lb HP w/c paper
    graphite/watercolor pencils/water-soluble wax pastels

    A friend of mine once compared the way I work
    to monkeys typing on typewriters.

    if a typewriter has 50 keys
    and the word to be typed is banana (seems like a good word for a monkey)
    and the keys are pressed randomly and independently
    each key has an equal chance of being pressed
    the chance that the first letter typed is a 'b' is 1/50
    the chance that the second letter typed is an 'a' is also 1/50 and so on
    therefore, the chance of the first six letters spelling banana is
    (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) = 1/15,625,000,000
    less than one in 15 billion but not zero
    so it is a possible outcome
    however
    it's a thought experiment
    and it proves nothing because proving is not it's purpose

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  2. another possible outcome:
    monkey tires

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    1. now.. that's adding to a thought experiment
      however
      I think monkey tires would make for a very bumpy ride

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