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The New Keyboard Layout Project: Quick Update

Posted by Michael Dickens on August 11, 2009

I have recently been working on an evolutionary algorithm in C. I’m still working out the technical details, but it’s really getting there. After just three and a half days of writing the program, it is already capable of getting some decent output. Just now, I got this after only a few minutes:

q f y p b j l u m .
a s i t d h n e r o
k c ' w g z v ; x ,

A comparably good layout would have taken about two hours to get in Ruby. Not only is C faster, but the program I’ve written is much more efficient.

I am working on a modification that will give costs to keyboard shortcuts.

This is my current scoring system:


same finger moving outward +100
same finger moving inward +50
jump over the home row* +40
same key twice in a row +10
change rows* +10
move to the center* +10
same hand +4
outward roll -8
inward roll -20

Assume that both key presses are on the same hand.

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