I did some playing around with a tool called I write like today. Its a pretty neat little web application that will compare any body of text you give it to a slew of famous authors and tell you who your writing is most like. I entered in a bunch of chapters from my 2009 NaNoWriMo story and got some odd results.
Apparently I write like Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, Dan Brown and Steven King. I put a bunch of other blog posts in and got mixed results, lots of Steven King one of my dream journal entries was even compared to Jane Austen, arguably that was about a dream that was set in the same setting as Pride and Prejudice but with a steampunk Iron Man.
I’m not sure how it works out whose writing style you are similar, I assume it compares commonly used vocabulary and sentence structure.
I tested it to see if it could spot the genuine article and it did manage to identify an excerpt from a Margaret Atwood book as having her writing style.
Seems like an interesting toy, I just wish that it had more info on the computational linguistics behind it.
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