Re-counting Plato: a computer analysis of Plato's style
In this revolutionary new study, G.R. Ledger applies the statistical methods of stylometry to a number of ancient authors. By taking as the set of variables the occurrence of particular letters of the alphabet, Ledger comes far closer to being able to identify the works of particular authors than previous stylometric studies based on individual word counts. A preliminary analysis examines the work of several Greek authors of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., and is followed by an extensive, detailed examination of the Platonic corpus. From this, Ledger draws new conclusions about the authenticity of the dubious dialogues and the chronology of the entire corpus.
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The Choice and Measurement of Variables
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37 variables Aeschines Alcibiades alets Amat authenticity authors authorship blet4 blet5 blets Candisc canI canonical Chrm chronological classification Clit Clitophon closest cluster analysis correlation Cratylus Critias Crito discriminant analysis discriminant function Ep.l Epin Epinomis Epistle 13 Euthd Euthphr Euthydemus Euthyphro figures genre genuine Gorgias Guthrie Hipparch Hippias Major Hp.Ma Hp.Mi Isaeus Isocrates late dialogues Lysias Mahanalobis distances measurements Memorabilia Menexenus methods multivariate number of samples Oeconomicus Parmenides perhaps Phaedrus Phdr Philebus Phlb Plato Platonic corpus Platonic dialogues Politicus position possible problem Protagoras proximity Republic scores sequence Socrates speeches statistics style stylistic stylometric evidence Table Theaetetus Theages Thucydides Timaeus words X X X X X X X X X X X X Xenophon XXX XXX XXX xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx