Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 332.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 06:20:27 +0100
From: Patrick Juola <email@example.com>
Subject: Letter about the Authorship Attribution Competition
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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