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To analyze your style, we made counts of the various "stop words" that you use. Stop words are grammatical, content-free words such as conjunctions and articles. We also counted how frequently you used various punctuation marks. The code then compared all of these counts to similar sets we measured in advance from a number of famous writers. This comparison consisted of calculating the rank correlation between the (frequency-normalized and standardized) counts from your writing and those of the famous authors. Not all of the writers shown in the network above were included in this analysis. To keep the results tractable, I focused on a few of the most famous, and also limited the list to writers who originally wrote in English to minimize the influence of translators. To be considered, the authors also had to be prolific, as described in my previous post. Thus many famous writers who wrote a small number of works do not appear on the list. This limitation made famous authors easier to identify, but had the more important virtue of limiting the analysis to authors for whom we can estimate style robustly, without leaning too heavily on any single work.
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