02 Apr '11 19:55

I'm asking because I saw a number being given for the odds in typing out the

name "Shakespeare" thinking about all the things required for the uppercase

letter "S" then forcing all the other letters to be lowercase. Is this guys numbers

correct? I'm only interested in the odds for the name, I know more than a few

people here are much better with numbers than I am.

Thank you if for you help if you deside to. I'm not going to argue any poings in

this thread I just want to look at the odds and how we come up with them.

Kelly

http://www.probabilitytheory.info/content/item/7-monkeys-typing-shakespeare-or-even-just-the-word-hamlet

"If there are 50 keys on the typewriter, the probability of the monkey getting Shakespeare correct is raised to the power of the number of characters, letters and spaces, in Shakespeare plus the adjustments of the typewriter needed for capitals and punctuation. On this basis the chance of the monkey typing the word 'Hamlet' correctly is one in 15,625,000,000,"

name "Shakespeare" thinking about all the things required for the uppercase

letter "S" then forcing all the other letters to be lowercase. Is this guys numbers

correct? I'm only interested in the odds for the name, I know more than a few

people here are much better with numbers than I am.

Thank you if for you help if you deside to. I'm not going to argue any poings in

this thread I just want to look at the odds and how we come up with them.

Kelly

http://www.probabilitytheory.info/content/item/7-monkeys-typing-shakespeare-or-even-just-the-word-hamlet

"If there are 50 keys on the typewriter, the probability of the monkey getting Shakespeare correct is raised to the power of the number of characters, letters and spaces, in Shakespeare plus the adjustments of the typewriter needed for capitals and punctuation. On this basis the chance of the monkey typing the word 'Hamlet' correctly is one in 15,625,000,000,"