(The following article by Dave Itzkoff appeared in The New York Times, October 12.)

Did Shakespeare Write This? Computer Says Yes

When it is not being used to bust cheating college students, a computer program used to detect plagiarism may have helped show that Shakespeare was an author of an unattributed play about Edward III, The Times of London reported. Brian Vickers, a professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, told the newspaper that a comparison of phrases used in “The Reign of King Edward III,” a play published anonymously in 1596, with other works by Shakespeare published before then showed 200 matches of phrases of three or more words.


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