Allow me to properly introduce you to MarkovFilter
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 1:37 PM (369 comments total)
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MarkovFilter is an application that parses (random samples of) a comment history and creates a new comment via an elegant probabilistic model known as Markov Chains.
The idea was done once before by majcher-here are some previous threads (1
), and it's been mentioned many times
over the years.
Now it's back, and it's running live against the mefi database, so there's no scraping needed and it'll always be up to date and available for all accounts.
I've tried to bulletproof the code as well as I can, and we'll try to tweak the script to make sure that it doesn't burn mefi down, but if you discover any problems or gotchas please do let me know. Big props to majcher for making it happen back in '03, and to pb for indulging me by setting up a dev environment where I could implement this The Right Way.