Author prediction win for Douglas

Dragonfly associate Douglas Bagnall recently won a software competition to correctly predict the author of 100 or more pieces of text in each of four languages. The evaluation lab competition is run annually as part of the PAN conference, (plagiarism, authorship and social software misuse). In 2015 there were 18 entries, including some from large university research groups. Douglas’ interest in author identification began with a curiosity about the writers of the controversial Whale Oil blog. “When Dirty Politics came out, I wanted to find a way to identify the author of a blog post, because it was thought that various people were writing the posts anonymously on behalf of corporations and politicians. I decided to use a recurrent neural network, which works by predicting what the next character is…


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