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Quantitative Ansätze in den Literatur- und Geisteswissenschaften

Systematische und historische Perspektiven

[Quantitative Methods in Literary Studies and the Humanities: Systematic and Historical Perspectives]

Ed. by Bernhart, Toni / Willand, Marcus / Richter, Sandra / Albrecht, Andrea

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Zeta für die kontrastive Analyse literarischer Texte

Theorie, Implementierung, Fallstudie

Schöch, Christof


The comparative, contrasting analysis of two or more texts or groups of texts is a method widely used in linguistics and literary studies. In Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics and Digital Literary Studies, relevant measures of distinctiveness or keyness have been developed for the contrastive analysis of texts and have been applied to a wide variety of research questions. One such measure, one that has been developed in the area called Stylometry, is Zeta. It has originally been proposed by John Burrows in 2007. A variant of this measure is being described in some detail in this contribution. Based on a new implementation of the measure that also offers several different ways of visualizing the results, the procedure is illustrated using the example of a comparison of the three dramatic genres of comedy, tragedy and tragicomedy. The aim of this contribution is to foster a more precise understanding of the properties of the Zeta measure and to support its wider use in Digital Literary Studies. It is a measure that is easy to understand on the mathematical level while producing highly interpretable results.

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Christof Schöch (2018). Zeta für die kontrastive Analyse literarischer Texte: Theorie, Implementierung, Fallstudie. In Toni Bernhart, Marcus Willand, Sandra Richter, Andrea Albrecht (Eds.), Quantitative Ansätze in den Literatur- und Geisteswissenschaften: Systematische und historische Perspektiven (pp. 77–94). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110523300-004

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110523300

Online ISBN: 9783110523300

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