Sunday, January 27, 2013

But I’m Not a Recluse

Julie sent me this fun new toy that analyzes a paragraph or two of your writing and tells you what famous author you write like.  So I plugged in a couple of paragraphs of Bobby Cramer and came up with…

I write like
J. D. Salinger

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!


On my first attempt with another paragraph from another chapter, I came up with Cory Doctorow.

Give it a shot and see how you do.

10 barks and woofs on “But I’m Not a Recluse

  1. You must be joking! I can barely put two coherent sentences together. I know what I think and sometimes I can put a little coherntly on a page at this site; but write something…like I said, you must be joking.

  2. Later today, when I have more time, I’m going to test this analysis by entering work by various authors. If something by Twain doesn’t come back as Twain, we’ll know how inaccurate it is. Wonder if the site has a “plagiarist!” response…

    • Which is why I put it under the “Just for Fun” category. I want to see how Julie’s “Never the Twain shall meet” comes out.

    • I don’t think so. I suspect it does standard word and sentence lengths. (It doesn’t have time for more!) But the same stuff with sentences moved and removed returns the same output.

  3. Update results: an excerpt from Twain’s Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven came back as Edgar Alan Poe! Considering the fact that Twain had a very distinctive writing style, you’d think the algorithms would, at the very least, show a match.

  4. I put in three paragraphs from an assignment for a writing course, and got “Raymond Chandler.” Then I put in the next three paragraphs, and got “Gertrude Stein.”

  5. I got Cory Doctorow and David Foster Wallace for a number of novel chapters. And Mark Twain for a humorous story. That seemed a little creepy. I understand that I’m a hack. But I also understand that computers are rotten at this kind of stuff. So I put in the last four paragraphs of “Fragments of a Hologram Rose.” And it spit out William Gibson. (But never him for any of the four paragraphs in isolation.) Then I tried various passages of Moby-Dick, but I could not get it to recognize Melville (which I thought would be pretty easy).

    Anyway… It was fun.

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