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Old 07-19-2010, 07:31 PM   #61
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I also write like Cory Doctorow, which is cool since he's one of my favorite authors. I did the test 3 times with different examples of my writing and got the same answer each time, so I'm buying into it. Hopefully I can start producing excellent novels, cartoons, blogs, and graphic novels. And maybe Cory will hire me to replace him at Boing Boing.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:22 AM   #62
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"At Harvard, we don't end a sentence in a preposition"
I agree with Winston Churchill: "That's the sort of pedantic nonsense up with which I will not put."
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Old 07-20-2010, 08:54 AM   #63
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Okee dokee - I pasted the same 3 paragraphs in this site and instead of Edgar Allen Poe I got:

a moonstruck lunatic possibly actually wearing a straightjacket
Side note: I just checked with the people at the Department of Redundancy Department and "moonstruck lunatic" meets with their approval.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:19 PM   #64
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I grabbed an old newspaper column I wrote about ten years ago, and learned that I write like James Joyce. One of my least favorite authors, so that was kind of a downer.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:33 PM   #65
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:32 PM   #66
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I write like…a mark ripe for plucking : Pharyngula

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here's a devious web site called "I write like…" that is making the rounds — you paste in some of your text, and it claims to analyze it and tell you what famous writer you resemble. I, for instance, am a combination of Margaret Atwood, James Joyce, and HP Lovecraft. How flattering! Unfortunately, it's garbage code that plucks out a few random parameters and hands you back a big name author.

Who would do such a thing, and why? You will not be surprised to learn that it is a front for a vanity publisher. Hey, you write like Shakespeare — give me money and we'll publish your book!
Which sent me here: Making Light: "I write like <i>who</i>?"


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Fraud! Cheat! Writing an application that could analyze prose style would be a real achievement. Writing one that compares vocabulary (and probably a few other characteristics like sentence length) is trivially easy. I’m not saying I could do it right this moment; I’m just saying it’s not hard.
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I cut and pasted 6 submissions - all complaint letters I have written since I got my life back (post-FIRE, of course). According to this site, my style is:
Charles Dickens, then H P Lovecraft, then David Foster Wallace, then Charles Dickens (again), then Isaac Asimov, then Cory Doctorow.

I'm crushed I didn't get Edgar Allen Poe.

REWahoo is likely correct "I'm beginning to suspect a RAG (random author generator)".
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:41 PM   #68
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Well, I got Cory Doctorow 3 times with 3 different samples. 3 times in a row, I like his writing, perception is reality, therefore this is the real thing.
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