That is from my favorite texture synthesis paper of all (Efros & Leung '99), for these reasons:
- I know Efros, and he's a genius, and also an absolutely adorable human being.
- This paper was inspired by Markov text generators, its the two-dimensional equivalent, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_V_Shaney. Its very simple, produces great results, - AND - this texture synthesis algorithm will synthesize written text from a picture of written text. Almost none of the faster texture synthesis algorithms do this, and it seems meta; I like to think there is some deep fundamental truth hiding in there somewhere.
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