Journal Article

A Tool for Literary Studies: Intertextual Distance and Tree Classification

Cyril Labbé and Dominique Labbé

in Literary and Linguistic Computing

Published on behalf of ALLC: The European Association for Digital Humanities

Volume 21, issue 3, pages 311-326
Published in print September 2006 | ISSN: 0268-1145
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4615 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqi063
A Tool for Literary Studies: Intertextual Distance and Tree Classification

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How to measure proximities and oppositions in large text corpora? Intertextual distance provides a simple and interesting solution. Its properties make it a good tool for text classification, and especially for tree-analysis which is fully presented and discussed here. In order to measure the quality of this classification, two indices are proposed. The method presented provides an accurate tool for literary studies—as is demonstrated by applying it to two areas of French literature, Racine's tragedies and an authorship attribution experiment.

Journal Article.  7594 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning ; Computational Linguistics ; Bibliography ; Digital Lifestyle ; Information and Communication Technologies

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