Shakespeare writes like butt

Statistical analysis is fun stuff, and you can do interesting things with it when your goals are reasonable and your methodology is sound. One of the things you can’t really do in any meaningful sense, though, is take a small sample of writing and say what famous writer it is most like without providing a whole lot of caveats.

Which doesn’t stop people from putting up silly toys on the web like I Write Like.

And so you get things like this:

Shakespeare: Butt Man

Author: Josh Millard

I manage and help moderate the community website MetaFilter, where I go by "cortex"; in my spare time I get up to all sorts of creative nerdery on the internet and in Portland, Oregon.

2 thoughts on “Shakespeare writes like butt”

  1. I pasted in one of my old bluishorange posts, and it said I write like Dan Brown. Guess I have to commit suicide now. Is it possible to hang oneself using inaccurate adverbs and confusing metaphors?

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