Paper: Automatic Authorship Attribution

ACL ID E99-1021
Title Automatic Authorship Attribution
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999

In this paper we present an approach to automatic authorship attribution dealing with real-world (or unrestricted) text. Our method is based on the computational analysis of the input text using a text-processing tool. Besides the style markers relevant to the output of this tool we also use analysis-dependent style markers, that is, measures that represent the way in which the text has been processed. No word frequency counts, nor other lexically-based measures are taken into account. We show that the proposed set of style markers is able to distinguish texts of various authors of a weekly newspaper using multiple regression. All the experiments we present were performed using real-world text downloaded from the World Wide Web. Our approach is easily trainable and fully-automated requirin...