Now we have analysis to discover new insights about books, and their authors, instead of just quantifying what we already knew.
Jockers, an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, combines programming with text-mining to compare 18th- and 19th century authors' works with one another based on their stylistic and thematic connections. The process, which he calls macroanalysis, crunches massive amounts of text to discern systematically how books are connected to one another -- from each work's word frequency and word choice to its overarching subject matter.
I enjoyed reading that - very interesting study.
I like the scattergram that illustrates the study results.s