• Chronology and Stylometry: Automatic Dating of Lope de Vega's Comedies

    Author(s):
    Álvaro Cuéllar (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Artificial Intelligence, Digital Humanists, Global DH, Spanish Golden Age Literature
    Subject(s):
    Literary style, Artificial intelligence, Spanish language, Spanish literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    digital humanities, lope de vega, Siglo de Oro, style, Stylometry
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/ch0k-ea68
    Abstract:
    Finding the accurate date of texts is one of the most puzzling challenges in the study of Spanish aurisecular theater. Stylometry, the computer technique centered on the comparison of texts based on their writing, which has been successfully used in recent years to solve authorship questions, can also serve to shed light on this issue. In this article I present a first approach to verify such idea. I apply stylometric analysis to a controlled corpus of Lopean autographs using three basic elements: words, lemmas and parts of speech. The results seem to show a correlation between style and dating, obtaining mean absolute errors around ± 5 years, a fairly narrow range if we take into account the long production of Lope de Vega. Secondly, I apply the test with words to a broader set of Lopean plays of approximate date with positive results, close to mean absolute errors of ± 4 years.
    Notes:
    This is a translation of the article: Cuéllar, Álvaro. (2023). «Cronología y estilometría: datación automática de comedias de Lope de Vega», Anuario Lope de Vega. Texto, literatura, cultura, XXIX, pp. 97 130. https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/anuariolopedevega.483.
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    Published
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    5 months ago
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