New Software Developed In Israel Could Offer Authorship Clues — For The Bible and Shakespeare

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

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_15716/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=KkIXTMgP

“JERUSALEM (AP) — Software developed by an Israeli team is giving intriguing new hints about what researchers believe to be the multiple hands that wrote 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.

. . .

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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