Thanks to Linda Theil for this interesting find. It’s interesting that Graeme Hirst (highlighted graph below), a professor of computational linguistics at the University of Toronto, thinks the software might be used to investigate the Shakespeare authorship question. Clearly he’s aware that there is a question that needs to be investigated!
An Israeli algorithm sheds light on the Bible
The new software analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible its algorithm teased out distinct writerly voices in the holy book.
The program, part of a sub-field of artificial intelligence studies known as authorship attribution, has a range of potential applications — from helping law enforcement to developing new computer programs for writers. But the Bible provided a tempting test case for the algorithm’s creators.
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The new software might be used to investigate Shakespeare’s plays and settle lingering questions of authorship or co-authorship, mused Graeme Hirst, a professor of computational linguistics at the University of Toronto.”
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