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Garfield + Markov Chain = Garkov

We've posted about the Internet phenomenon of Garfield Minus Garfield, where the fat orange cat is removed from Jim Davis' comic strip (resulting in a bizarre yet strangely coherent depiction of Jon Arbuckle as a schizophrenic ).

Now meet Garkov by Josh Millard:

It’s a probability driven strip generator that builds Markov tables from transcripts of existing strips and then synthesizes and renders novel text as a new strip. The results are sometimes pretty apt and sometimes deeply weird, and I’m pretty happy with it so far.

(Markov chain is a probabilistic model)

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I wonder what it is about Garfield that has inspired people to do so many weird things with Garfield strips. In any case, I find this phenomenon pretty interesting. It's probably been many years since I paid much attention to Garfield, but now I think I'm a fan again.
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