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Writing meme

About the writing meme that's going around:

Chapter one of Skirmish: Douglas Adams
Chapter two of Skirmish: Stephen King
Chapter three of Skrimish: H.P. Lovecraft.
Chapter four of Skirmish: Raymond Chandler

All four chapters: Douglas Adams (the chapters run about 10k words each)

Chapter one of Cast in Ruin: Ray Bradbury
Chapter two of Cast in Ruin: Johathan Swift (sic)
Chapter three of Cast in Ruin: Douglas Adams
Chapter four of Cast in Ruin: Dan Brown

All four chapters: Ray Bradbury (the chapters run around 5k words each)

… but smaller sample sizes (a few paragraphs) tend to all be Dan Brown, with one Stephen King.


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Jul. 14th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Wow - Skirmish!
Jul. 14th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)

That would be an interesting collaboration.

My longer blog posts tend to come out as James Joyce, and the shorter ones as Stephen King. I wish it gave more detailed analysis, though, instead of just spitting out a name. Actually, it would be nice even just to know what the range of possible answers is.

Jul. 14th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I wish it would give a more comprehensive reasoning on the algorithm as well -- but size of sample really does tend to change the response.
Jul. 14th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
I am envious of your Bradbury.
Jul. 14th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
I was envious of my Bradbury too -- but on the other hand, not so much the rest of the list. Raymond Chandler?
Jul. 14th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering how much analysis it actually does - particularly since different segments of the same work produce wildly different results.

Might be time to see if we can break it . . .
Jul. 14th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
My network has created a monster. I think we have definitively proven that the algorithm is highly unsophisticated.
Jul. 14th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yes -- and the geek in me now wants to run through different iterations of the same book, with additional words at the end, to see how much it skews. And shorter sentences from the authors in the quiz (Lovecraft) to see if they're in the database.

I wanted to be Jim HInes :D
Jul. 15th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
My network has created a monster. I think we have definitively proven that the algorithm is highly unsophisticated.

Yeah, I'd say it's a wee bit unsophisticated. I plugged in one of my recent posts and it spewed out James Fenmore Cooper. Boy, I sure hope I don't write like that.
Jul. 15th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Am pouting because I got neither Bradbury or Douglas Adams...
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