10.0557 CHum 30.3; Humanist in JASIS

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 3 Jan 1997 09:55:42 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 557.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: "Nancy M. Ide" <ide@cs.vassar.edu> (70)
Subject: Computers and the Humanities Vol 30 No 3

[2] From: MICHAEL NEUMAN <neuman@guvax.acc.georgetown.edu> (10)
Subject: Humanist in JASIS

Date: Wed, 1 Jan 97 16:25:38 EST
From: "Nancy M. Ide" <ide@cs.vassar.edu>
Subject: Computers and the Humanities Vol 30 No 3


Volume 30 No. 3 1996

The third number of Volume 30 (1996) of Computers and the Humanities
(CHum) has just been published by Kluwer Academic Press.

This issue introduces a new feature of the journal entitled "Debates
in Humanities Computing". This first debate in the series treats the
controversial topic of statistical methods for authorship attribution,
which has recently received unprecedented coverage in the
international press: first, concerning the controversy over Richard
Abrams' and Donald Foster's assertion of Shakespearean authorship of
an obscure elegy, and later (and even more spectacularly), concerning
Foster's subsequent attempt to identify the author of "Primary Colors"
(Random House, 1996). To satisfy the obsession of the White House
staff and the Washington and New York press corps to find out who
wrote the book, Foster created an e-text archive of the principal
candidates and used statistical methods to identify CBS correspondent
Joe Klein as the author. After repeated denials on numerous
international television shows and in the press, Klein finally
admitted writing "Primary Colors", leading to unprecedented media
interest in methods that have been a mainstay of humanities computing
for decades.

The debate presented in this number of Computers and the Humanities
includes an attack by Elliot and Valenza on statistical methods used
in Shakepearean authorship studies, and Donald Foster's detailed
rebuttal of their claims. The regular articles in the issue also
report on results of computer-assisted stylistic studies.

The articles in this number of CHum are sure to fuel the continued
debate over statistical methods, and is of interest to all those
involved in authorship and stylistic studies as well as statistical
methods for language analysis generally.


Volume 30 No. 3 1996

Table of Contents

DEBATES IN HUMANITIES COMPUTING: Methodology in Authorship Studies

And Then There Were None: Winnowing the Shakespeare Claimants
Ward E. Y. Elliot and Robert J. Valenza

Response to Elliot and Valenza "And Then There were None"
Donald W. Foster


Traditional and Emotional Stylometric Analysis of the Songs of
Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Cynthia Whissell

Tamburlaine Stalks in Henry VI
Thomas Merriam



Computers and the Humanities
The Official Journal of The Association for Computers and the

Nancy Ide, Dept. of Computer Science, Vassar College, USA
Daniel Greenstein, Executive, Arts and Humanities Data Services,
King's College, UK

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Date: Mon, 30 Dec 1996 16:41:39 -0500 (EST)
From: MICHAEL NEUMAN <neuman@guvax.acc.georgetown.edu>
Subject: Humanist in JASIS


Greetings and a Happy New Year to you in your new home. Just a quick
note that Humanist was the subject for a study reported in the January
1997 issue of the Journal for the American Society for Information
Science 48 (1) 32-39: Andrew May (UNC, Chapel Hill), Automatic
Classification of E-Mail Messages by Message Type. The article is
based on an unpublished Master's thesis, and it's interesting to see
the text strings the author used to categorize the message texts into
four different groups.


[The Web site of JASIS, at
does not yet reflect the contents of the January issue. Nevertheless,
those Humanists unaware of JASIS will want to know about it and will be, I
suspect, strongly motivated to find the paper journal by looking at the
abstracts online. One could hope for a fully online version, but
publishers do somehow need to make a living, until such time as we can
figure out how to beat our swords into plowshares. --WM]