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"Bad" Quartos and Stylometrics
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1797  Friday, 1 October 2004

From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Thursday, 30 Sep 2004 12:29:55 -0400
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 28 Sep 2004 to 29 Sep 2004 (#2004-174)

I may have asked about this before, but is it possible (and can I
encourage folks to try) to run these various stylometric tests on chunks
of the "bad quarto" texts?  I realize they might have to be modernized
or somehow regularized if your basic work is done on something
relatively polished and regularized like the Riverside edition.

Or would it be possible as a preliminary effort to run chunks of old
spelling "good" texts against old spelling "bad" texts? Or even to see
what happens when an old-spelling text with its early-modern
irregularities gets held up next to its own modern spelling equivalent?

But I must now go and read the already published results.  Darn.

I started out my academic life with three years in Physics and
Engineering.   All those courses collecting data in laboratories gave me
a sense of delight in gathering and analysing "evidence." I corresponded
with Eric Sams a lot, and though we liked each other immensely, we
didn't agree about what constituted evidence.  The stylometers have all
kinds of interesting findings, but it will be interesting to see if the
number-crunchings can chew through the somewhat less orderly raw
material of Quartos and Folios.

Joys of calculating,
Steve Urkowitz (formerly "Urquartowitz")

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