The Computer as a (Highly Productive) Bible Scholar

“We have thus been able to largely recapitulate several centuries of painstaking manual labor with our automated method”–Moshe Koppel, Navot Akiva, Idan Dershowitz, and Nachum Dershowitz on the software they developed which, according to the AP, “…analyzes style and word choices to distinguish parts of a single text written by different authors, and when applied to the Bible, its algorithm teased out distinct, writerly voices in the holy book. The program, part of a subfield of artificial intelligence studies known as authorship attribution, has a range of potential applications — from helping law enforcement to developing new computer programs for writers.”

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