Shakespeare Statistics

Authorship of Mucedorus, ca. 1590

BRD-Flagge auf deutsch              All data were generated from R Stylo (siehe: Computational Stylistics Group Homepage).

MF1W, MF2C, and MF3C

The charts display attribution results with windows of different sizes, growing by 500 words each time. Within a window, the step size is 250 words, generating a close network of measuring points, the lowest of which represent the smallest stylistic difference between reference texts and the text in question. The number of variables depends on the window size and is displayed in brackets on each chart. N gives the culling value.
Some attributions change dependent on the size of the windows. But it is always William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd who have stable attributions. However, MF1W favours Kyd, and it is MF3C which, due to a higher number of variables, returns Shakespeare.

The same information is displayed in the cross-table below, which contains horizontally MF1W-, MF2C- and MF3C values for window sizes from 1000 to 5000 words. Vertically the sequential word numbers of the text can be seen, starting at 500 words (B6) (first measuring point for the 1000-word window) at a pace of 250 words. After 750 words the second measuring point (B7) of the 1000 word window is displayed covering the window between 250 and 1250 words.
The sequential attribution makes use of all three types of variables. There is a clear leaning towards Shakespeare in the attribution scheme.