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15 July 2010 @ 10:52 am
Meme: BUSTED!  
leonard_arlotte says, "Now the true test would be to enter some text from a particular author, and see if it comes back with that author's name"
athelind grauphs, "LOL!"
athelind grauphs, "I think it's just a very noisy algorithm with huge error bars. it's not ENTIRELY fatuous, since it tells me that I write like H.P. Lovecraft much of the time, in circumstances where, yes, I'm deliberately trying to write like HPL."
leonard_arlotte says, "My point is, does H.P. Lovecraft write like H.P.Lovecraft?"
athelind grauphs, "Indeed. And there's public domain HPL stuff online to use as a test case."
athelind grauphs, "... dammit. go to lunch. I'll test it."
leonard_arlotte says, "thank you."

Plugging in the text of "The Colour Out of Space", we find that H.P. Lovecraft ...

H.P. Lovecraft writes like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

... writes like Stephen King.

I totally need an Athelind Rolling In the Hoard Laughing icon.

I feel: amusedamused
Tombfyretombfyre on July 15th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Well that tosses its validity right out the window. ^..^ I shall join you for hoard rolling.
K. Peaseceruleanst on July 15th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Other experiments show that Defoe writes like Shakespeare,
Sagan writes like Poe, Poe writes like Doyle, Fleming writes like Dickens, and Dickens writes like Agatha Christie.
Tube: The dragon! The dragon! The dragon!toob on July 15th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
You mean an Internet meme based on software that attempts to liken you to a particular famous author based on your vocabulary is INACCURATE?

Bennie "Big Tig" Tigerbigtig on July 15th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Already did this with several texts:

Margarasmargaras on July 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman did this to himself. Here's his twitter:

I cut and pasted a couple of chunks of ANANSI BOYS into Write Like http://iwl.me. 1 was Stephen King, the other was J R R Tolkien. How odd.