In 1997, Nachum Bombach designed an experiment involving the Amoraim from Yeshiva Pumbedita. The Encyclopedia Hebraica
, volume 27, page 458 provides a list of the names of the Amoraim. The experiment tests the Null hypothesis of no Torah code effect against the Alternative hypothesis that the names of these Amoraim have one or more of their ELSs in a closer meeting to the ELSs of Pumbedita than expected by chance. The names of the Amoraim and Pumbedita with their spellings can be found here.
The experiment was conducted in accordance with one of our standard experimental protocols.
||The Five Books of Moses; the Chumash
| Skip Specification
||Expected Number of ELS = 10
| Resonance Specification
|| Maximum ELS row skip on a cylinder = 10
Maximum ELS column skip on a cylinder = 10
| Monkey Text Control Population
|| ELS random placement
| Compactness Measure
|| Maximum distance between the letters of an ELS pair
| Number of Trials
| Significance Level of test
The experiment failed to produce any statistically significant results. We conclude that there is no encoding of the names of the Amoraim from Yeshiva Pumbedita with Pumbedita.