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Author Knight, Gregory P. ♦ Tabrizi, Nasseh
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2016
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Google books ♦ Authorship ♦ Cultural influence ♦ N-gram
Abstract An author's literary style is influenced by the cultural time period in which the author lives. The author's ideas, and the words chosen to express them, can help identify the cultural time period that most influenced the author. Ideas are expressed in language through sequences of words called $\textit{n}-grams.$ Over the past several years, Google has been engaged in digitizing millions of books. As part of this endeavor, Google has created a database of $\textit{n}-grams$ extracted from these digitized books and has made the database available to researchers online. This is the first time ever that such an extensive repository of cultural data has been made available. This study develops and tests an original method for utilizing Google's database to identify the cultural time period that most influenced the author of a published work. Several undisputed literary works are examined, from which sets of $\textit{n}-grams$ are extracted and compared against the Google database. The frequency and distribution of $\textit{n}-gram$ matches allow us to determine the cultural time period that most influenced the author. The method is also tested against several literary works having uncertain or disputed authorship and period of composition. The results suggest that the method developed provides a reasonable approximation of the time period of greatest cultural influence for each book. Unexpectedly, the results tend to support conclusions reached by another researcher with regard to prior literary influences on the Ern Malley Poems. In addition, they lend support to early $19^{th}-century$ origins for authorship of Book of Mormon
Description Author Affiliation: East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (Knight, Gregory P.; Tabrizi, Nasseh)
ISSN 15564673
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-11-03
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15564711
Journal Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH)
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 3
Page Count 19
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 19


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