Waldo and Hidden Markov Chains

Wanda: Aristotle was not Belgian, the principle of Buddhism is not “every man for himself”, and the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.

Otto: Ah…hmmm.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

When I first heard of hidden Markov chains in mathematics I recall imagining a guy named Markov hiding, Waldo-like, perhaps among chains. While I’ve long passed the point where I can deny knowing what hidden Markov chains are all about — and I ran into an excellent biologically-based overview today — I sometimes get a faint Otto echo when I hear the phrase.


  1. Joel Files says:

    I always think of Markoff Chaney from ‘Illuminatus!’