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Yes, we have no bananas

Posted By Russ Roberts On November 30, 2011 @ 2:25 pm In Data | Comments Disabled

Dave Hebert alerts me to this manuscript [1] that illustrates the money experiment mentioned in this post of long ago [2]. The bottom line is that a trillion monkeys typing for a trillion years are unlikely to come up with more than a few words of Shakespeare. You really might need an infinite number of monkeys typing forever. And where would you find an infinite number of bananas to sustain them?

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