A prototype for authorship attribution studies

  • Juola P
  • Sofko J
  • Brennan P
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Abstract

Despite a century of research, statistical and computational methods for authorship attribution are neither reliable, well-regarded, widely used, or well-understood. This article presents a survey of the current state of the art as well as a framework for uniform and unified development of a tool to apply the state of the art, despite the wide variety of methods and techniques used. The usefulness of the framework is confirmed by the development of a tool using that framework that can be applied to authorship analysis by researchers without a computing specialization. Using this tool, it may be possible both to expand the pool of available researchers as well as to enhance the quality of the overall solutions [for example, by incorporating improved algorithms as discovered through empirical analysis (Juola, P. (2004a). Ad-hoc Authorship Attribution Competition. In Proceedings 2004 Joint International Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ALLC/ACH 2004), Göteborg, Sweden)].

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  • Patrick Juola

  • John Sofko

  • Patrick Brennan

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