Anagrams and Combinations

6/14/2006 12:09:16 PM

Anagrams and Combinations

In my post on Google Interviews, I referred to the birthday paradox, which provides but one example of the astonishing results one can obtain through combinations.

I do try to harness the power of combinations in my own work to both break down the complexity of my software as well as to produce a greater semblance of intelligence—more on that in a later post. Complexity quickly disappears when one break a problem up to several orthogonal parts, a process I call logarithmic decomposition, which mirrors how a large number can described with a small number of digits—eg, the number of particles in the whole universe in just 120 digits.

In the Da Vinci Code, a cryptic code is discovered called the “So Dark the Con of Men.” It seems to be saying something in its own right, but actually is hiding the true message “Madonna of the Rocks.” It’s rather surprising and clever until one realises that the nature of combinations makes it quite easy to find sensible anagrams from just about any phrase. Take “The Da Vinci Code” which could be rewritten “Oh, even didactic,” “Novice did cheat” or “Deceit. Din. Havoc.” Another example, “Mary Magdelene” produces “Anagram medley!” All of these examples can be found in the New York Times “The Anagram Code” article which utilizes the ARS MAGNA anagram software program to find interesting anagrams. This anagram software has also inspired many other New York Time pieces.








My name is Wesner Moise. I am a software entrepreneur developing revolutionary AI desktop applications. I worked as a software engineer in Microsoft Excel group for six years during the 1990s. I worked on PivotTables and wrote the most lines of code in Excel 97-- about 10 times the median developer. I have a Harvard BA in applied math/computer science and a UCLA MBA in technology entrepreneurship. I am a member of the Triple Nine Society, a 99.9 percentile high-IQ society.

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