Open Set Authorship Attribution toward Demystifying Victorian Periodicals [article]

Sarkhan Badirli, Mary Borgo Ton, Abdulmecit Gungor, Murat Dundar
2019 arXiv   pre-print
Existing research in computational authorship attribution (AA) has primarily focused on attribution tasks with a limited number of authors in a closed-set configuration. This restricted set-up is far from being realistic in dealing with highly entangled real-world AA tasks that involve a large number of candidate authors for attribution during test time. In this paper, we study AA in historical texts using anew data set compiled from the Victorian literature. We investigate the predictive
more » ... ty of most common English words in distinguishing writings of most prominent Victorian novelists. We challenged the closed-set classification assumption and discussed the limitations of standard machine learning techniques in dealing with the open set AA task. Our experiments suggest that a linear classifier can achieve near perfect attribution accuracy under closed set assumption yet, the need for more robust approaches becomes evident once a large candidate pool has to be considered in the open-set classification setting.
arXiv:1912.08259v1 fatcat:l6tt7u2tozbpxavayjxjaptqci