Searching with style: Authorship attribution in classic literature

Zhao, Y and Zobel, J 2007, 'Searching with style: Authorship attribution in classic literature', in Proceedings of the Thirtieth Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC2007), Ballarat, Vic., 30 January - 2 February 2007.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Searching with style: Authorship attribution in classic literature
Author(s) Zhao, Y
Zobel, J
Year 2007
Conference name Computer Science 2007
Conference location Ballarat, Vic.
Conference dates 30 January - 2 February 2007
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Thirtieth Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC2007)
Publisher Australian Computer Society
Place of publication Sydney
Abstract It is a truism of literature that certain authors have a highly recognizable style. The concept of style underlies the authorship attribution techniques that have been applied to tasks such as identifying which of several authors wrote a particular news article. In this paper, we explore whether the works of authors of classic literature can be correctly identified with either of two approaches to attribution, using a collection of 634 texts by 55 authors. Our results show that these methods can be highly accurate, with errors primarily for authors where it might be argued that style is lacking. And did Marlowe write the works of Shakespeare? Our preliminary evidence suggests not.
Subjects Business Information Management (incl. Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence)
Copyright notice © 2007 Australian Computer Society, Inc.
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