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Comments on 2009-09-11 Elite Names

Awesome.

Back when I was trying out StackOverflow (I later learned to dislike it), I tackled a similar problem about phonetic passwords. My solution would concatentate words from the dictionary. The more elegant answer that was accepted suggested a well known method using digraphs (maybe even trigraphs).

The digraph is a much better solution, and I think using a string as the data structure as you have done is not only sharp, but its also makes it easier to understand how it works.

AaronHawley 2009-09-16 22:21 UTC


The thing I really liked about the solution was how it uses the dot to produce shorter than expected words (if you use «..») and how you can generate three-letter syllables (if you use «.»). I thought of Japanese were you have combinations of the consonants k, s, t, n, h, m, b, s, z followed by a, e, i, o, u, ya, yu, yo (but no ye and yi), the vocals themselves, and the letter n by itself. You can represent that using the following:

my $digraphs = "kakekikokusasesisosutatetitotunaneninonuhahehihohu"
  . "mamemimomubabebibobusasesisosuzazezizozuyayuyoa.e.i.o.u.n.";

The only obvious problem is the placement of the single n at the beginning of a word, and the distribution of the syllables used. Not too shabby:

  0. misakumeho
  1. zukunahimi
  2. misekusohi
  3. hosato
  4. nahokesu
  5. titizobuha
  6. keeyosuo
  7. kimotizi
  8. ihosikahi
  9. misouisu

Ovious «n» endings, for example:

 10. setanheo
 34. bayonunyu
 42. nhezase
 57. hihezenin

:)

AlexSchroeder 2009-09-16 23:03 UTC


All this reminds me of the Dada Engine.

http://dev.null.org/dadaengine/

Which famously functions for the Postmodernism Generator

http://www.elsewhere.org/pomo/

AaronHawley 2009-09-17 01:30 UTC


Cool. That would be the way for a most awesome name generator. :)

AlexSchroeder 2009-09-17 07:35 UTC


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