Richard Dawkins writes about his weasel alogrithm:
Although the monkey/Shakespeare model is useful for explaining the distinction between single-step selection and cumulative selection, it is misleading in important ways.
But it is useful is just another way: It helps to illustrate the importance of a sensible choice of the rate of mutation!
I calculated the expected number of generations for ten different rates of mutation per letter: 1%, 2%,..., 10%. As the graph - and the table - shows, the algorithm works best with a moderate rate of 4% or 5%.
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That's not much of a surprise, but contrasts with the algorithm W. Dembski declared to be the weasel: his version works best with a maximal rate of mutation...