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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Recentred local profiles for authorship attribution
Author: Robert Layton
Institution: University of Sheffield
Author: Paul Watters
Institution: University of Sheffield
Author: Richard Dazeley
Institution: The University of Ballarat
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: Authorship attribution methods aim to determine the author of a document, by using information gathered from a set of documents with known authors. One method of performing this task is to create profiles containing distinctive features known to be used by each author. In this paper, a new method of creating an author or document profile is presented that detects features considered distinctive, compared to normal language usage. This recentreing approach creates more accurate profiles than previous methods, as demonstrated empirically using a known corpus of authorship problems. This method, named recentred local profiles, determines authorship accurately using a simple ‘best matching author’ approach to classification, compared to other methods in the literature. The proposed method is shown to be more stable than related methods as parameter values change. Using a weighted voting scheme, recentred local profiles is shown to outperform other methods in authorship attribution, with an overall accuracy of 69.9% on the ad-hoc authorship attribution competition corpus, representing a significant improvement over related methods.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 18, Issue 3.

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