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Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Program for the MIU Puzzle

I have recently uploaded a Perl program for the MIU puzzle (from Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter) to my Earthlink/Netcom site. It will take a string to be derived on the command line and either produce a derivation or an explanation why there is no derivation.

For example, the command line:

perl MUIIU
will produce the derivation:
0:      Axiom: MI
1:      Rule 2: MII
2:      Rule 2: MIIII
3:      Rule 2: MIIIIIIII
4:      Rule 3: MIIIIIU
5:      Rule 3: MUIIU
and the command line:
perl MU
will produce the explanation:
The total number of Is in an entry must not be divisible by 3.


Anonymous TJIC said...


...but why not make it a web app?

...and then make millions from banner ads?

(Oh, sorry, is 1998 already over?)

3:43 PM  

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