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Postby Eaquae Legit » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:53 pm

... J.D. Salinger, apparently. I posted a "Dear Body" entry, a short blogpost, and a paragraph from a recent essay, to get a bit of variety.

To be honest, I've no idea why it thinks I write like Salinger.

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Postby Jayelle » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:07 pm

Stephen King, apparently.

I also tried a post where I talked about Harry Potter and it thought I wrote like JK Rowling.
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Postby Mich » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:21 pm

By complete coincidence, or not, I'm currently in a discussion about this with a *chan. Having put in large chunks of novels I've written/given up on, several short stories, and some essays, the general consensus by the program is that I write like Chuck Palahniuk.

A big deal on /v/, though, is that people are putting in chunks of famous stories and having them come out by different authors. One example is To Kill a Mockingbird comes out written by Stephen King, which I am arguing makes some sense: King tends to write about small-town, down-to-earth characters in a friendly, "talking to a real person" narrative voice. He avoid adverbs, extremely long descriptions, and enjoys focusing on character development and interaction, which sounds almost like Harper Lee, to my unsophisticated reading-ear.

Of course, I haven't read any documentation on the sophistication of the programming for "I Write Like..." so who even knows what it's doing?
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Postby Rei » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:43 pm

I put in a bunch of different texts individually and got a bunch of different authors (a talk on St. Petronella got me Kurt Vonnegut; a piece on dactylic hexameter and Latin got me Stephen King; a personal reflection got me George Orwell; a fragment of a story I've been a long time working on got me Chuck Palahniuk) and then I put them all together in that order and got H. P. Lovecraft. This strikes me as absolutely foreboding. Hilarious and foreboding.
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Postby megxers » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:49 pm

Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood and James Joyce.

This is highly entertaining. How many different ones can I get!

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Postby Syphon the Sun » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:08 pm

I plugged in everything from my last creative writing class in college (the last time I even somewhat-seriously wrote fiction; I mostly dabble, anymore), and these are the results:

H. P. Lovecraft - 5
James Joyce - 3
Stephen King - 3
William Shakespeare - 1
J. R. R. Tolkien - 1
Ray Bradbury - 1


My law journal work apparently also reads like H. P. Lovecraft for all but one article (which reads like Jonathan Swift).
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Postby neo-dragon » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:09 pm

OSC writes like...
Stephen King in EG
Dan Brown in SftD
George Orwell in Xenocide
Douglas Adams in CotM
Daniel Defoe in SotH
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Postby jotabe » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:26 am

Lesee
Kurt Vonnegut? who is this guy?
JohNathan Swift, now, i know this one.
Dan Brown... well, i guess that not being native speaker can do that to you.
James Joyce? am i really so hard to understand?
Edgar Allan Poe O.o
Margaret Atwood... who is she?

Well, i'll stop, this is from the posts of manly scientific truthiness, and every single post has a different style XD what means i have no style at all lol.

It is unsurprising many physics papers have the same style as either Dan Brown or Isaac Asimov, also.
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Postby LilBee91 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:57 am

In my journal I write like Dan Brown and Margaret Atwood, and Stephen King when I'm writing about my adventures.
My most recent fiction was Shakespeare, while my older stuff appears to be Joyce.
Stephen King also popped up for my Econ essay and my bio paper about AIDS.
And my report on Francis Drake: Danel DeFoe. Go figure.
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Postby Luet » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:05 am

Lesee
Kurt Vonnegut? who is this guy?
JohNathan Swift, now, i know this one.
Dan Brown... well, i guess that not being native speaker can do that to you.
James Joyce? am i really so hard to understand?
Edgar Allan Poe O.o
Margaret Atwood... who is she?

Well, i'll stop, this is from the posts of manly scientific truthiness, and every single post has a different style XD what means i have no style at all lol.

It is unsurprising many physics papers have the same style as either Dan Brown or Isaac Asimov, also.
Kurt Vonnegut is probably best known for Slaughterhouse-Five, although I prefer his other novels.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian author who won some scifi awards for The Handmaid's Tale and has written quite a few other books (I like her a lot).
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Postby CezeN » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:50 am

I put in "No U" about a million times, and it said I write like Isaac Asimov.

This thing is worthless.
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Postby Mich » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:14 am

I put in "No U" about a million times, and it said I write like Isaac Asimov.

This thing is worthless.
OR it's not set up to detect pranks, because what if it misinterpreted a poor writer for a pranker?

I'm not saying it isn't worthless, but experiments like yours do not convince me.
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Postby CezeN » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:20 am

Even if it's not set up to deal with pranks, the fact that it gives a bull answer for my lack of anything resembling a writing style - means, in my opinion, that it's not seriously analyzing and crosschecking your writing style with those of the people it says.(or maybe it is, but doing a laughable job)

It might be good for lols and laughing at how hard it fails, but otherwise its worthless.
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Postby Psudo » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:42 pm

I tried a few different stories to check for algorithmic consistency. One said Dan Brown, another Agatha Christie, the longest one Stephen King, and my favorite one Douglas Adams. All of them at once says Stephen King. The first half of the Douglas Adams one results in Isaac Asimov.

I'm glad it didn't compare me to anyone I hadn't heard of, but I've never actually read anything by Stephen King... weird.

How does the algorithm work, does anyone know? My best guess is comparing frequency of word lengths. If it were comparing unique phrases or letter frequency, I doubt the "No U" repetitions would produce such consistent results. Unless Issac Asimov is just it's default fallback answer.

Hehe, it's instructions are apparently written in the style of H. P. Lovecraft.

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Postby Syphon the Sun » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:54 pm

I copied the full text of Dandelion Wine and it spit out Ray Bradbury, which is to be expected, given that he wrote it. It's certainly doing something to analyze/cross-check the text.
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Postby Jayelle » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:28 pm

Some of you dudes are taking this way too seriously.

It's an online quizzy thing. I don't take it very much to heart or analyse algorithms when a quiz tells me I'm a Sookie rather then a Bella.
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Postby starlooker » Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:14 pm

Exactly what I was thinking.

ETA: My dissertation Lit Review, Methods, and Results chapters read, overall, like Isaac Asimov. The final paragraph of the results chapter, though, reads like Nabokov (which I found amusing). The discussion, however, reads like Margaret Atwood.
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Postby CezeN » Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:08 pm

Well, yeah, it's definitely good for lols or laughing at how hard it fails.

Reminds me of this twenty-questions game, where the computer program would ask a buch of questions and then guess what you're thinking.

It went up to 32 questions, though, and lost twice with some funny dialogue about how "This is embarassing". And I lold.
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Postby jotabe » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:26 am

Yeah, probably some analysis about adjective/noun/verb ratios, or main theme of the words included, or sentence length, amount of subordination.... there are so many possible parameters :D

Thanks for the data, Luet :)
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Postby Rei » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:59 pm

Margaret Atwood... who is she?
A short, terrifying woman. Not mean (in my experience) but an intimidating soul. Her daughter is really friendly, though.
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Postby Jayelle » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:18 pm

Margaret Atwood... who is she?
A short, terrifying woman. Not mean (in my experience) but an intimidating soul. Her daughter is really friendly, though.
Scary beyond all reason.
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Postby zeroguy » Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:19 pm

Sorry for the bump, but this looked fun.

The first thing I put in was my post in "Complete Randomness" about anonymous/onymous internet communities. That gave me Cory Doctorow, which makes me gag... but I suppose it makes sense given the content.

Then I put in some other post about *chans, which got me David Foster Wallace. I've never heard of him, but from a glance at wikipedia, he doesn't look much better.

Then I put in one of the less BS-y papers I wrote for a university class, which gave me Chuck Palahniuk. I think that's a lot better; I've never read anything by him, but I hear good things.
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