Hello to all;

I’m testing out different ways to output randomly generated names. I’ve

toyed with some basic algorithms but recently I’ve become hooked on the

idea of using a Markov chain in the process to generate names based on a

text file. Below is a link to my first effort - I won’t even begin to

start on what a catastrophe it is and I don’t expect you to understand

it:

http://pastie.textmate.org/178820

It’s hideous. I’m never going near it again. It basically looks at each

line of a text file and throws the adjacent letter pairings into a big

hash with probability weightings, moves through the probability hash

coughing out likely letter results based on the previous entry. I think

the term for it is “first-order Markov chain”.

What I’d like to see if anyone has any suggestions, or more importantly

examples of how this should be done? I’m fairly certain there are more

elegant ways about doing this. Thanks.