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July 17, 2010

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I tried three times also, using three different posts from the same blog (not this one). I write like:


Ursula K. LaGuin

H.P. Lovecraft

David Foster Wallace


(I tried a fourth example, which was a bit shorter so maybe not as representative, and got David Foster Wallace again.)


Don't know what the deal with David Foster Wallace is; either we think (partly) alike, or the test is weirdly biased in some way.

I should mention that by "blog posts" I meant comments on another blog, not main posts on mine. As of now I have one blog of my own, with exactly one post on it. Submitting that, I end up as H.P. Lovecraft again. So, if the test is in fact not weirdly biased, I seem to be a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and David Foster Wallace. I'm not sure if I should be flattered or worried...

i tried 4 - they really like David Foster Wallace i guess - i got DFW on 2 of my posts, and James Fenimore cooper on the third and James Joyce on another one.

aif!!! Good to see you back around here. :)

Andy- you seem to be sci-fi, huh?

And as for your blog... no link?? Do we get to see this one post and watch it bloom into many? Hmmm??

Maybe the test is run by DFW in the afterlife and so he's biased, yes... we'll all sound like him!

OK, here's the link. (Hope I did it right.) The only reason the blog exists at all is that I took a mini-course (~2 hrs) on blogmaking at the community college where I teach. Some teachers use blogs in their courses (I don't, at least not yet.) I had meant to add to the blog with all kinds of witty and informative follow-up posts, but obviously never got around to it.

:( No linkage that I can see.

Everyone has delusions of witty and informative follow-up posts... :)

You don't? When I click on my name at the bottom I see it. But I'm kind of new at linking; that's why I said "hope I did it right". Here's the URL:

http://www.andyshotair.blogspot.com

DOH! Yes, the link was there. I was looking for one in the body of the comment!

Forgive me... it's Saturday.

Ok, you have officially been added to the blogroll.

Why thank you! (Of course, now a lot of people will probably click it thinking it's "the" Hot Air. But I guess I'll have to live with that.)

Or maybe not...I just Googled and realized that "the" Hot Air is Michelle Malkin's old blog! It'll probably wind up scaring people off.

Apparently I write like Kurt Vonnegut AND David Foster Wallace. I was hoping for H. P. Lovecraft but apparently I need moar eldritch.
If the purpose of the website is to advertise a Famous Writers School, the text analysis doesn't have to be particularly sophisticated

hdb- I would have sworn some of your prose would have been a H.P. Lovecraft sure thing. I tried to find the damn stuff and check myself, but after 10 minutes of scrolling... I had to stop... I'd only gone through approx. 2 months worth of posting.

And yes, I did notice the writer's school ad when I went back. Next they'll be having us draw pictures of Binky and telling us which famous artist we draw like.

Andy- any traffic is traffic. :) Some of the best people come through misdirected avenues.

Ok, hdb, I found some of the writing I thought would surely get you your Lovecraft, but alas... you got James Joyce AND Margaret Mitchell.

Has anyone tried pasting in paragraphs of James Joyce or Lovecraft or Vonnegut to see whom the algorithm thinks they write like?

HDB - your questions have been answered and then some

lol!

I entered my last blog post html (which features no text, except for title="blah" when you mouse over the pictures).

David Foster Wallace
~

Saying Yes used the Danse Gooshers... Crazy with happiness...
Dan Brown is not cool.

Saying Yes used the Danse Gooshers... Crazy with happiness...
Dan Brown is not cool.

Saying Yes LOVED the Danse Gooshers! And no, Dan Brown is NOT cool. :)

Wow... a visit from Große Fette Eule, not to mention a duplicate visit... I'm honored!

thundra- that's classic.

It seems that just about everyone I know who's tried this (including the wise guys and gals who pasted in bits of some famous author's work) got Dave Foster W at least once. His was a style that includes all styles...

"like"

I Write Like too.

I tried to find the damn stuff and check myself, but after 10 minutes of scrolling... I had to stop...

That is unpossible. You can find any post at Riddled if you follow our logical and consistent system of tags.

Following the above advice (typing in paragraphs of famous authors and seeing if they write like themselves), I now know that Hunter S. Thompson writes like Ian Fleming. At least, that's what I got from typing in the beginning of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". (I'm now picturing James Bond arriving at the casino to gamble while high on ether, slobbering over his expensive suit...)

I'm late to the party, so no one will even notice this one. I put in one paragraph describing one of my knitting experiments and one paragraph from the intro of a professional paper I am working on that is full of things like 'models' 'latent variabltes' 'rigorous statistical tests' and got

Arthur C. Clarke!

Doh! 'Latent variables'.

Maybe the writing program was confused and thinking of Coats & Clark yarns.

That is unpossible. You can find any post at Riddled if you follow our logical and consistent system of tags.

UNTRUE!! There are many BOC lyrics posts that ARE NOT labeled "BOC Lyrics"

And this is for ScienSmut Clyde: """"""""""""""""""""""""

Of course, my tagfail is epic. dagnabbit.

Regardless of ZombieFail, PZ Myers reveals that the "I Write Like" site is a shoddily cobbled together system, designed to entice people to delve further into the services of a vanity publisher.

Gosh, I'm disillusioned now.

PZ Myers reveals that the "I Write Like" site is a shoddily cobbled together system, designed to entice people to delve further into the services of a vanity publisher.

But we already knew that... I believe if you follow the conversation above, hdb alluded to that, as did I with the "Draw Binky" comment. Not that the Zombie needed enlightenment to the scamminess quotient.

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