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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 449–461 | Cite as

Shakespeare vs. fletcher: A stylometric analysis by radial basis functions

  • David Lowe
  • Robert Matthews
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Abstract

In this paper we show, for the first time, how Radial Basis Function (RBF) network techniques can be used to explore questions surrounding authorship of historic documents. The paper illustrates the technical and practical aspects of RBF's, using data extracted from works written in the early 17th century by William Shakespeare and his contemporary John Fletcher. We also present benchmark comparisons with other standard techniques for contrast and comparison.

Key words

neural networks stylometric analysis Shakespeare Fletcher discrimination classification 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lowe
    • 1
  • Robert Matthews
    • 1
  1. 1.Neural Computing Research GroupAston UniversityBirminghamEngland

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