17.332 Ad-Hoc Authorship Attribution Competition

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Date: Fri Oct 24 2003 - 01:49:12 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 332.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 06:20:27 +0100
             From: Patrick Juola <juola@mathcs.duq.edu>
             Subject: Letter about the Authorship Attribution Competition

    Dear Colleagues,

    I would like to invite you all to participate in an Ad-Hoc
    Authorship Attribution Competition, to be held as part of the
    2004 Joint International Conference of the Association for
    Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers
    and the Humanities (ALLC/ACH 2004). My hope is to establish a
    collection of the best techniques and methods in inferring
    document authorship from participants around the world.

    Recent years have seen a tremendous increase in interest in
    the problem of determining the author of a disputed or unknown
    document using computer-aided or even complete computer-driven
    analysis. We hope to bring together the users and the
    developers of this technology to share and to compare their
    methods and results. This competition will help to create
    a set of ``best practices'' in authorship attribution that
    can standardize analyses and spur the development of new
    and improved methods.

    The competition will be run using a set of specially developed
    corpora (of various sorts) that will be distributed ``anonymously''
    to participating researchers. Researchers will be asked to
    submit their programs which will analyze the documents and determine
    who wrote each individual document. The results will be tabulated
    and are planned to be presented as a special session of the ALLC/ACH
    meeting in Goteborg, Sweden (June 11-16, 2004). Participation in
    this conference will be encouraged but not required.

    The Electronic Imprint at the University of Virginia has expressed
    interest in publishing an edited volume of papers and software
    describing the various methods. Participants in the competition
    will be invited to submit to this volume. Technical support for
    developing, testing, and standardizing software will be
    available from the Digital Humanities Developer's Consortium
    to help in the production of high quality, end-user friendly
    software to encourage use and reuse of the methods presented.

    For further details, please contact Patrick Juola at
    aaac@shannon.mathcs.duq.edu. More information can
    also be found at the competition home page at
    including status reports and progressive developments.

    Please pass this invitation on to any other people, groups,
    or mailing lists who might find it of interest.

    Thank you,

              Patrick (Juola)

              Math/CS Department
              Duquesne University
              600 Forbes Ave.
              Pittsburgh, PA 15203
              Tel: +1 412 396 5685
              Fax: +1 412 396 5197
              Eml: juola@mathcs.duq.edu

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