07/26/2013

Uncovering the Mystery of J.K. Rowling’s Latest Novel

11:43 minutes

One of the biggest mysteries of the new detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling was the identity of the author. It was written by Robert Galbraith, which was revealed to be the pseudonym of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Patrick Juola, professor of computer science at Duquesne University, discusses how he used computerized text analysis to uncover the mystery.

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Patrick Juola

Patrick Juola is lead architect of the Java Graphical Authorship Attribution Program (JGAAP) and a professor in the department of math and computer science at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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