DHSI Atlantic – Introduction to Stylometry


Introduction to Stylometry workshop, part of the DHSI Atlantic Summer Institute offer. June 19th – 23rd, 2023 – University College Cork, Ireland.

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DHSI Atlantic

June 19th – 23rd, 2023 – University College Cork, Ireland

DHSI Atlantic is a summer school designed to introduce and demystify key concepts from the digital humanities for students and scholars at any stage of their careers. In-keeping with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, courses are taught by internationally-recognised scholars with extensive experience in the application and instruction of DH tools and methods.

Workshop Description

This workshop introduces participants to “stylometry”, which is the analysis of countable linguistic features of texts for the purpose of their comparison.

Counting and statistically analysing features of texts such as words or characters is not only a highly precise tool for identifying authorship, but can also reveal patterns of similarity and difference between various works by one author, works by various authors, and finally between authors differing in terms of chronology, gender, genre or narrative styles, between translations of the same author or group of authors, or specific voices such as idiolects of characters in novels.

In essence, stylometry provides new critical avenues for literary studies, and the results of a stylometric analysis can be compared and confronted with the findings of traditional stylistics and interpretation. Stylometry also opens new sets of questions about style and its transfer, as well as the nature of particular features and language. While stylometry has usually been associated with authorship attribution, the same methods are successfully applied to more general text analysis, and, recently, also analysis of other modes such as music, image and video.

This workshop will provide an introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of stylometric methods. Using the Stylo package for R, workshop participants will be able to apply stylometry to their own corpora.


No experience in programming or statistics will be required, but a very basic understanding of these subjects can make the workshop easier. Workshop participants must have basic computer literacy skills and are required to bring their own laptops.

Maximum number of participants: 15

More information about the workshop can be found on the DHSI Atlantic website.

Please note that the Directors of DHSI Atlantic will receive your contact details so as to email you with any necessary information regarding the course.