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Re: (tye)Re: Transcramble - Random text generator

by blakem (Monsignor)
on Jul 10, 2001 at 11:40 UTC ( #95251=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (tye)Re: Transcramble - Random text generator
in thread Transcramble - Random text generator

And here it is:

from the first Programming Perl (back when it was still pink)

#!/usr/bin/perl # Usage travesty [files] # First analyse the input. while(<>) { # handle article headers and ">>>" quotes. next if /^\./; next if /^From / .. /^$/; next if /^Path: / .. /^$/; s/^\W+//; # Do each word. push(@ary,split(' ')); while ($#ary > 1) { $a = $p; $p = $n; $w = shift(@ary); $n = $num{$w}; if ($n eq '') { push(@word,$w); $n = pack('S',$#word); $num{$w} = $n; } $lookup{$a . $p} .= $n; } } # Now spew out the words, based on the frequencies. If there # is more than one possibility to choose from choose one # randomly. for (;;) { $n = $lookup{$a . $b}; ($foo,$n) = each(lookup) if $n eq ''; # A bootstrap. $n = substr($n,int(rand(length($n))) & 0177776,2); $a = $p; $p = $n; ($w) = unpack('S',$n); $w = $word[$w]; # See if word fits on line; $col += length($w) +1; if ($col >= 65) { $col = 0; print "\n"; } else { print ' '; } print $w; # Paragraph every 10 sentences or so. if ($w =~ /\.$/) { if (rand() < .1) { print "\n"; $col = 80; } } }
p.s. These little gems are the reason I keep that old pink book around.


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Re: Re: (tye)Re: Transcramble - Random text generator
by Poetic Justice (Monk) on Jul 10, 2001 at 23:26 UTC
    I tried this using a large text file from Writing of the Early Church Father", at Christian Classics Ethereal Library. The results were pretty amazing! Nice that you kept the "old book" around.

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