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Submission + - Novel text analysis uses PageRank to identify influential Victorian authors (arstechnica.com)

Fnord666 writes: A literature professor has developed software using Google's PageRank algorithm that has identified Jane Austen and Walter Scott as the most influential authors of the 1800s.

Matthew Jockers of the University of Nebraska analysed 3,592 digitized novels published in the UK, Ireland and the US between 1780 and 1900 using a combination of Google's algorithm, machine learning and a series of techniques used in computational text analysis including stylometry, corpus linguistics and network analysis.

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Novel text analysis uses PageRank to identify influential Victorian authors

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