Shakespearean work recreated by ‘Virtual Monkeys’

September 26th, 2011 - 9:07 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Sept 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) 99.990% of Shakespeare’s entire work has been recreated by a computer program in a project titled Virtual Monkeys. The project was started last August and it’s expected to be completed very soon.

The brain behind the project is US programmer Jesse Anderson. The concept is very simple. A group of virtual monkeys type combinations of nine letters in the English alphabet. Each formed word that matches any phrase in the works of Shakespeare is then counted as found and the particular virtual monkey that typed the word is given a virtual banana as motivation.

The program was hosted on Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing system and Anderson paid $19.20 every day. The cost has caused Anderson to move the project to his home PC. The first Shakespeare work which was completed was A Lover’s Complaint.

Anderson wrote on his blog that, “It is one small step for a monkey, one giant leap for virtual primates everywhere.”

Anderson’s project is putting to text the Infinite Monkey Theory which states that if infinite number of monkeys hit random keys on infinite numbers of keyboards, they will eventually be able to recreate the entire work of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s entire work contains at least 3,695,990 characters.

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