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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Uncommon Descent Question 10: Provide the Code for Dawkins' WEASEL Program

Special invitation for Richard Dawkins - but any civil person is entitled to enter.

There's been some discussion at Uncommon Descent and elsewhere whether the recent the recent IEEE article by Dembski and Marks correctly) characterizes Richard Dawkins' famous METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL program.

Does the program ratchet correct letters or does it let them vary? One is a partitioned or stair-step search, the other a more realistic evolutionary search. From The Blind Watchmaker, where Dawkins describes the program, its performance suggests that it could be either of these options (though he doesn't say).

On the other hand, from a video-run of the program (go to 6:15), it seems to be the latter.

It's easy enough to settle this question: Make the code for the program public.

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