Title
Cross-genre authorship verification using unmasking Cross-genre authorship verification using unmasking
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Linguistics
Literature
Source (journal)
English studies : a journal of English language and literature. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
93(2012) :3 , p. 340-356
ISSN
0013-838X
1744-4217
ISI
000304480400008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this paper we will stress-test a recently proposed technique for computational authorship verification, unmasking'', which has been well received in the literature. The technique envisages an experimental set-up commonly referred to as authorship verification'', a task generally deemed more difficult than so-called authorship attribution''. We will apply the technique to authorship verification across genres, an extremely complex text categorization problem that so far has remained unexplored. We focus on five representative contemporary English-language authors. For each of them, the corpus under scrutiny contains several texts in two genres (literary prose and theatre plays). Our research confirms that unmasking is an interesting technique for computational authorship verification, especially yielding reliable results within the genre of (larger) prose works in our corpus. Authorship verification, however, proves much more difficult in the theatrical part of the corpus.
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