Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 30. Monday, 27 Aug 1990.
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 16:31:46 EDT
Subject: Stylometry Analysis added to SHAKSPER Fileserver
[Following are the opening paragraphs of a dissertation abstract
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Summary: The Effectiveness of the Stylometry of Function Words in
Discriminating between Shakespeare and Fletcher
Thomas Bolton Horton
A number of recent successful authorship studies have relied on a statistical
analysis of language features based on function words. However, stylometry has
not been extensively applied to Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatic questions.
To determine the effectiveness of such an approach in this field, language
features were studied in twenty-four plays by Shakespeare and eight by
Fletcher. The goal was to develop procedures that might be used to determine
the authorship of individual scenes in _The Two Noble Kinsmen_ (TNK) and
_Henry VIII_ (H8) . . .