[Java] - long available only in its rickety original LISP source - is now an interactive applet. You can propose analogy puzzles based on strings of letters and watch Copycat build up and tear down models of the problem until it finds a solution it's happy with. It will explain its reasoning, and, since stochastic elements are inolved, can come up with alternate solutions upon rerun. Tutorial for the applet here
; or, explore MetaCat
, the next generation follow-up.
posted by Wolfdog
on Dec 2, 2004 -
It's Always Some Poor Writer's Birthday:
So thank you, I guess, good old Uncle Garrison, for remembering them on good old Minnesota Public Radio
. A rather good bunch was born today, too: Nelson Algren [Party in Chicago on Saturday!
], Gorky, Vargas Llosa, Russell Banks and Frederic "A Fan's Notes" Exley. [Literary types will inevitably want to play the good old "What do this motley crew have in common?" game. Cheating and false analogies actively encouraged, of course.
] In fact, it's been a good week
altogether. Be sure to go back to 2001
for extra snippets. The notes, written by Keillor, are unassuming, interesting and admirably synthetic. There's also an excellent daily reading of a poem [Real Audio req.
] and a running celebration of the calendar's most significant dates. I defy those who are put off by Keillor's sock-knitting, eggnog-sipping, home-on-the-range style not to grudgingly feel, amid the grrrr, an unwelcome twinge of gratitude.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 28, 2003 -