Dr. Christof Schöch: "Cross-Genre Text Classification"

, 2:00 pm to

The Digital Text Analysis Working Group invites you to a talk "Cross-Genre Text Classification" given by Dr. Christof Schöch, researcher at the Chair for Digital Philology of the University of Würzburg.

The event will take place at the GCDH, Heyne-Haus, Papendiek 16.


This presentation will be concerned with stylometric classification applied to French seventeenth-century plays. It reports on ongoing investigations into parameter setting and its impact on classification of such texts by author, genre, or form, using Eder & Rybicki's stylometric scripts for R. Based on an investigation into the Corneille-Molière controversy, several methodological issues standing in the way of reliable results have been identified. One issue concerns the degree to which such authorship classification tasks are influenced by genre (here, comedy or tragedy) and form (here, verse or prose). Investigation of this issue shows that input parameters have indeed effects on the relative influence of authorship, genre and form in the classification of plays.