# A Paradoxical Property of the Monkey Book

@article{Bernhardsson2011APP, title={A Paradoxical Property of the Monkey Book}, author={Sebastian Bernhardsson and S. K. Baek and Petter Minnhagen}, journal={ArXiv}, year={2011}, volume={abs/1103.2681} }

A 'monkey book' is a book consisting of a random sequence of letters and blanks, where a group of letters surrounded by two blanks is defined as a word. We compare the statistics of the word distribution for a monkey book to real books. It is shown that the word distribution statistics for the monkey book is different and quite distinct from a typical real book. In particular, the monkey book obeys Heaps' power law to an extraordinarily good approximation, in contrast to the word distributions… CONTINUE READING

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