The Sort of Face

In the fall of 2011, a Twitter account called @horse_ebooks gained notoriety for tweeting nonsense text, often tangentially related to horses and the equine arts. I participated in a series of heated discussions with coworkers over how the text was being generated — the ratio of “hits” was far too high to be the result of a simple Markov chain, and while some of the phrases could be found in the Project Gutenberg corpus, many phrases returned zero results in a Google search. The Sort of Face was my attempt at creating a bot that mimicked @horse_ebooks without any day-to-day human intervention at all.

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