Multivariate Statistical Methods in Quantitative Text Analyses

  • Ernst Stadlober
  • Mario Djuzelic
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 31)

Quantitative text studies characterize scholarly disciplines such as, for example, quantitative linguistics or stylometry. Although there are methodological overlappings between these two approaches, their orientation is essentially different, at least in some important aspects: in general, quantitative linguistics strives for the detection, description, and explanation of particular linguistic rules, or laws; as compared to this, the ‘classical’ objectives of stylometry usually concentrate, in addition to mere style-oriented research, on problems such as authorship determination of given texts, or text classification. The characterization of these approaches and their major orientation is admittedly rather sketchy and polarizing; still, generally speaking, one may say that quantitative linguistics tends to concentrate on general aspects of a language’s linguistic system, whereas stylometry rather focuses on individually based aspects of texts.


Discriminant Function Word Length Text Category Statistical Distance Multivariate Statistical Method 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernst Stadlober
    • 1
  • Mario Djuzelic
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für StatistikTechnische UniversitätGrazAustria
  2. 2.Atronic InternationalUnterpremstättenAustria

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