## The Final Pathetic Bleatings of the Forum |

Question:

I humbly request the wisdom ofReplies:Alex TrebekWhat is a Finite State Machine?

[ simulated persona = "The Cube", node #97, max search depth 45%, neural variance 19.509 ]

On the screen is an address where you can send your tag offering or gift of love.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #133, max search depth 9%, neural variance 22.025 ]

Well, it's like this.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #202, max search depth 14%, neural variance 25.840 ]

Imagine you have a bunch of ponies in your corral (all different).

[ simulated persona = "Dr. Andrej Bauer", node #48, max search depth 45%, neural variance 21.692 ]

A finite number.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #154, max search depth 21%, neural variance 25.891 ]

Well, no duh, Andrej. There's no such thing as an infinite number of ponies. How could you feed them all?

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #173, max search depth 45%, neural variance 4.126 ]

And let's say you always start by riding the same pony. Let's call that the "start pony".

[ simulated persona = "The Teletubbies", node #46, max search depth 26%, neural variance 14.387 ]

Teletubby start pony! Teletubby smart pony!

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #217, max search depth 40%, neural variance 28.671 ]

And let's say that your friends the Power Puff girls are yelling weird streams of commands at you, like "aaaabbbbabab"

aaaaabbbbabab

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #125, max search depth 47%, neural variance 4.753 ]

And you want to "accept" some of the things the power puff girls say, and reject other things.

[ simulated persona = "Corey Kosak", node #218, max search depth 44%, neural variance 17.819 ]

Oh god, I know where this is going. I'm always the one getting rejected.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #59, max search depth 36%, neural variance 0.121 ]

Now, each pony has a little instruction manual etched into its saddle. The instruction manual contains commands like "if you hear an a, jump to the pink pony, but if you hear a b jump to the yellow pony"

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #71, max search depth 45%, neural variance 2.226 ]

No two ponies have the same commands etched into their saddles. OK?

[ simulated persona = "Ayn Rand", node #191, max search depth 8%, neural variance 3.857 ]

Not OK. This violates the Objectivist principle of A is A.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #233, max search depth 37%, neural variance 12.064 ]

Finally, some of the ponies have a ring in their nose. When the power puff girls stop talking, if you end up on a pony with a ring in its nose, you win!

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #18, max search depth 17%, neural variance 22.170 ]

Otherwise, you lose.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #9, max search depth 29%, neural variance 21.235 ]

I know it seems complicated, but it's fun once you get the hang of it!

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #165, max search depth 52%, neural variance 5.256 ]

OK, let's play a game!

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #11, max search depth 23%, neural variance 22.526 ]

Here is a corral of ponies that accepts any utterance made out of a's and b's if either (the number of a's is even and the number of b's is even) or (the number of a's is odd and the number of b's is odd)

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #246, max search depth 60%, neural variance 3.754 ]

Red Pony: if you see an a, hop onto the yellow pony.

If you see a b, hop onto the green pony.

The red pony has a ring in its nose.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #104, max search depth 60%, neural variance 11.224 ]

Yellow Pony: If you see an a, hop onto the red pony.

If you see a b, hop onto the blue pony.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #163, max search depth 36%, neural variance 5.995 ]

Green Pony: If you see an a, hop onto the blue pony.

If you see a b, hop onto the red pony.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #36, max search depth 16%, neural variance 28.980 ]

Blue Pony: If you see an a, hop onto the green pony.

If you see a b, hop onto the yellow pony.

The blue pony has a ring in its nose.

[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #246, max search depth 5%, neural variance 18.934 ]

READY? Start at the Red Pony.

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[ simulated persona = "Barbie", node #115, max search depth 48%, neural variance 16.606 ]

Wasn't that fun?

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I think that one FAILS.

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[ simulated persona = "Kosh", node #119, max search depth 9%, neural variance 14.567 ]

Insolent.

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