Category: My research


Getting a closer look: More on visualizing results from stylometry with Gephi

This post is a follow-up post to my last brief post on the new version of the stylo script and its output for visualization with Gephi. Today, I just want to report on what Maciej told me about the technical details, and to show some more graphs resulting from my data. First things first, then. Here is how the data for...


Connecting our Tools, or: Stylometry and Network Analysis made easy

Do you like stylometry, and maybe have tried out the scripts for R provided by the Computational Stylistics Group? And do you like visualisation, and maybe have played around a bit with Gephi, the network visualisation tool? I suppose it’s rather likely that you have, as a reader of this blog, or at least that your interested in this kind...


Busy times, and some light at the horizon

Lot’s of things have been going on over these last weeks. Some of them were related to text analysis, others were rather related to job interviews, grant writing, teaching, real work, and travel, and I was just too busy to write anything here. Instead of a “real” post, this is just a way for me to cover the ground and...


Stylometry, or: from experiments to widened horizons

(Eine deutsche Fassung dieses Beitrags erscheint zeitgleich bei “Philologeek“.) Last week, at the Göttinger philologisches Forum, I had the occasion to report on the current state of my “stylometric experiments” involving above all the relationship between authorship and genre in French classical theater. (I know this sounds like its always the same topic, but I keep making small advances.) Without...


Author or genre? Assessing the quality of cluster analysis graphs in two-dimensional classification problems

One of the very fundamental issues in stylometric classification tasks is that the data under scrutiny is usually messy in some way. And I don’t even mean dirty OCR here, which is a problem anyone even casually playing with Google’s N-Gram Viewer and interested in pre-1800s texts will have noticed (Mark Liberman, among others, wrote an interesting piece on this)....


Quick follow-up: of the use of distractors in stylometry

This is just a very quick follow-up post to my last post about the Molière-Corneille problem. There, I had noticed that when trying to make the “stylo” script discriminate between Molière and Corneille’s plays, while there was no overlap between the two plays, there also was no clear separating line between the two groups of plays. The supervised method helped...


Unsupervised relative distances, or supervised clear-cut decisions: more work (or play) with Eder/Rybicky’s stylometry script

The biggest Digital Humanities event of the year is over: DH2012 in Hamburg. And one of the major topics seemed to be, at least from my perspective, stylometry. Several panels and some separate papers were directly concerned with stylometry, during the main conference. I’ll have to postpone more thorough comment on the ones I heard and liked best to another...


Taking Eder/Rybicki’s Stylometry Script for a test drive

One of the things I planned to do with this blog is to document my experience with various tools for computational text analysis. This is a way of letting other people know what these tools can do, and what I am currently working on and maybe hear their (your!) thoughts on it; it is also a way of forcing myself...

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