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Responses: Statistical Authorship Study
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 123. Saturday, 4 May 1991.
 
(1)	Date: 	Fri, 3 May 1991 11:20:52 -0400
	From: 	Roy Flannagan <FLANNAGA@OUACCVMB>
	Subj:	[Re: Statistical Authorship Query]
	
(2)	Date: 	Fri, 3 May 1991 16:40:44 -0400
	From: 	Herb Donow <GA0708@SIUCVMB>
	Subj: 	Shakespeare Authorship: Claremont Colleges
 
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Date: 		Fri, 3 May 1991 11:20:52 -0400
From: 		Roy Flannagan <FLANNAGA@OUACCVMB>
Subject:	[Re: Statistical Authorship Query]
 
The Shakespeare Authorship Clinic is supervised by Ward Elliot,
Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont,
California.   It put out "preliminary reports" on authorship findings in
1988 and 1989.
						Roy Flannagan
 
 
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Date: 		Fri, 3 May 1991 16:40:44 -0400
From: 		Herb Donow <GA0708@SIUCVMB>
Subject: 	Shakespeare Authorship: Claremont Colleges
 
Hugh Craig inquired about a project going on at Claremont Colleges.
Several years ago I provided one of the researchers there -- Ward Elliott,
Department of Government, Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer Hall,
850 Columbia Ave. Claremont, CA 91711-6420 (phone 714-621-8000) -- with
some machine-readable Shakespeare text.  Since then he has been sending
me some of the stuff they have been doing with statistical matching.
I quote briefly on what it is they have been doing:
 
	"For three years, since 1987, a Shakespeare Clinic of Claremont
	Colleges undergraduates has been exploring two perennial
	controversies of Shakespeare authorship.  The lesser controversy
	. . . is about the authorship of disputed passages in or out of
	the Shakespeare canon. . . . The greater controversy . . . is
	over Shakespeare's own identity."
 
The introduction of the report goes on to describe the method of modal
analysis.  What follows is a list of what I have:
 
      "Matching Shakespeare, 1990: Computer Testing of Elizabethan Texts
         for Common Authorship with Shakespeare."  Final Report
      "Matching Shakespeare, 1989: Computer Testing etc." July 1989
      "Matching Shakespeare, 1988: Computer Testing etc." April 1989
 
I also have copies of two papers, one presented in 1989 at the ICCH/ALLC
Conference in Toronto by Karen Kossuth and Peter Morrissey and a second,
a summary by Ward Elliott and Robert Valenza, in CHANCE, October 17, 1990.
 
That's all you get late on a Friday afternoon.
 
                              Herb Donow
                              Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
 

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