ANALYZING BUCKLEY….Yesterday I wondered aloud what William F. Buckley’s latest column was all about. Reader Jon Malkin suggests the following:
I think it’s an attempt at computer-generated column writing. Specifically, I think it’s n-gram column generation. The program analyzes his previous columns to get the probability of each word given the previous two, three, or four words, and then uses that information to generate new sentences.
On the other hand, uggabugga doesn’t think there’s any mystery about the column at all, and has a nice little chart that explains the whole thing.