Friday, July 16, 2010

I Write Like....

I write like
J. R. R. Tolkien
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

So says the software, when I wrote this.

Which shows the weakness of the algorithm even when it has several paragraphs to work with. Even at that length, a superficial similarity of vocabulary can fool it.

It does better on longer quotes. It correctly identifies the author of Sense and Studdingsails, for example. It identifies Holinshed and other Tudor authors as writing like Shakespeare, or at least more like Shakespeare than James Fenimore Cooper. If you're going to play this particular digital parlor game, give it as long a quote as you can.

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