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Susan Hockey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198711940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198711940.001.0001

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Stylometry and Attribution Studies

Stylometry and Attribution Studies

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(p.104) 7 Stylometry and Attribution Studies
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Electronic Texts in the Humanities
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Susan Hockey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198711940.003.0007

This chapter examines various procedures for authorship attribution. In particular, it looks at how quantitative analyses based on counts can be used. Such stylometric analyses can serve two main purposes, both of which would otherwise be very difficult to tackle in any systematic way. First, they can build an overall picture of a collection of material from the occurrences of certain features. Second, they can provide concrete evidence to support or refute a hypothesis about the material. Comparative studies based on quantitative and statistical analyses make it possible to determine whether the usage of some feature or set of features is significant and have provided much new evidence in some well-known cases of disputed authorship.

Keywords:   stylometry, attribution studies, quantitative analysis, authorship studies

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