Speaking of Shakespeare…

Artificial intelligence is being used to chip away at his oeuvre. I imagine there are many oeuvres that could use this treatment.

When the scholar James Spedding analysed the authorship of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII in 1850, he pored over the details of the text and eventually attributed the play not only to the Bard, but to his successor at the King’s Men theatre company, John Fletcher. Now 169 years later, an academic has used artificial intelligence to back up Spedding’s theory and pin down exactly who wrote what.

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