New Science of Stylometry [F-18-45]

Presenter: Daniel Look
Location: SLU: Brown 122 (Bloomer Auditorium)
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 2:00 PM 09/12, 09/19

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Stylometry is the application of statistics to the written word. Typically, the goal is to answer questions of authorship, but there is a lot of data that can be pulled from writing. In this course we will explore some of the basic (but powerful!) techniques of stylometry, and we will investigate some of the hidden patterns that appear in all writing, including yours! No knowledge of mathematics or statistics is required.

Daniel M. Look received his PhD in 2005 in mathematics, studying chaos theory and fractals. He now continues this work while also stylometric techniques to address questions of authorship in pulp writing. Dan is currently serving as chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics at St. Lawrence University.

Cap: 60

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