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Computer program proves Shakespeare didn't work alone, researchers claim
Times Online ^ | 12 Oct 2009 | Jack Malvern

Posted on 10/12/2009 10:28:02 AM PDT by BGHater

The 400-year-old mystery of whether William Shakespeare was the author of an unattributed play about Edward III may have been solved by a computer program designed to detect plagiarism.

Sir Brian Vickers, an authority on Shakespeare at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, believes that a comparison of phrases used in The Reign of King Edward III with Shakespeare’s early works proves conclusively that the Bard wrote the play in collaboration with Thomas Kyd, one of the most popular playwrights of his day.

The professor used software called Pl@giarism, developed by the University of Maastricht to detect cheating students, to compare language used in Edward III — published anonymously in 1596, when Shakespeare was 32 — with other plays of the period.

He discovered that playwrights often use the same patterns of speech, meaning that they have a linguistic fingerprint. The program identifies phrases of three words or more in an author’s known work and searches for them in unattributed plays. In tests where authors are known to be different, there are up to 20 matches because some phrases are in common usage. When Edward III was tested against Shakespeare’s works published before 1596 there were 200 matches.

Sir Brian said: “There might be ten to 20 common phrases between two plays by different authors. The computer is picking out three-word sequences that could just be chunks of grammar. But when you get metaphors or unusual parts of speech, it is different.”

(Excerpt) Read more at entertainment.timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History; Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; linguistics; literature; science; shakespeare; thomaskyd

1 posted on 10/12/2009 10:28:03 AM PDT by BGHater
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cc Jack Cashill


2 posted on 10/12/2009 10:29:05 AM PDT by BGHater ("real price of every thing ... is the toil and trouble of acquiring it")
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To: BGHater

The NYT will insist that this program be run against Sarah Palin’s book — but will be aghast if anyone suggests that Obama’s book be tested.


3 posted on 10/12/2009 10:29:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: BGHater

It is well-known that Shakespeare was a Mac user.


4 posted on 10/12/2009 10:30:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BGHater

Was the program run on Vista?


5 posted on 10/12/2009 10:30:58 AM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: BGHater

Isn’t all this information all known?


6 posted on 10/12/2009 10:33:52 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dfwgator
It is well-known that Shakespeare was a Mac user.

All kidding aside, I always thought Shakespeare was probably gay. Nothing against my hetro brothers but he is exquisitely sensitive...

7 posted on 10/12/2009 10:34:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The People have abdicated our duties; ... and anxiously hope for just two things: bread and circuses)
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To: nickcarraway

Shrug. I dunno if this ‘proves’ anything.


8 posted on 10/12/2009 10:36:36 AM PDT by BGHater ("real price of every thing ... is the toil and trouble of acquiring it")
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To: onedoug

ping


9 posted on 10/12/2009 10:37:17 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: BGHater

Of course he didn’t work alone!! He was writing for a troupe of players that he’d known for decades..anmd yes, they contributed..it was an organic creative process..all great playwrites have done this..but they are his plays..the scumbag English aristocracy has always HATED that a commoner is the greatest writer of English...Screw the Royal family and all the inbred Euro trash monarchists!!!


10 posted on 10/12/2009 10:45:11 AM PDT by usshadley (It's time to choose..the empire or the republic? You can't have both. Time is running out.)
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To: BGHater

While they are firing up the computer, they should look at Dreams From My Father by Barack H. Obamayers.


11 posted on 10/12/2009 10:59:54 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Happy Holidays. No, wait. HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The Teleprompter that survived (rembember, one has ceased to exist) has warned the computer not to spill the beans on Obama’s books.


12 posted on 10/12/2009 11:01:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Happy Holidays. No, wait. HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY.)
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To: usshadley

The Earl of Oxford was an aristocrat.


13 posted on 10/12/2009 11:27:41 AM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes, bu he was a poor writer.


14 posted on 10/12/2009 11:29:40 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Joke, actually.


15 posted on 10/12/2009 11:30:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: BGHater

Did Billy-the-Bomber help him?


16 posted on 10/12/2009 11:30:41 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: BGHater

17 posted on 10/12/2009 12:38:58 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets; windcliff
I always thought Shakespeare was probably gay.

Evidence?

18 posted on 10/12/2009 2:15:48 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug
No direct evidence, just a hunch. I know the gays claim him, on very little evidence, as one their camp. He was, as I said, exquisitely sensitive and that is a trait that is rare in heterosexual men.

But if he really was a Mac user, you know, I'm just sayin’.

19 posted on 10/12/2009 2:23:07 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The People have abdicated our duties; ... and anxiously hope for just two things: bread and circuses)
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To: BGHater

Every inch a wingnut. ;’)

Tomb search could end riddle of Shakespeare’s true identity [Fulke Greville]
Telegraph | Sunday, August 9th, 2009 | David Harrison
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