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Who wrote the text? Computer identifies language user

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Published on Mar 1, 2017

What are the individual characteristics and stylistic features of a text? Was the author male or female? Young or old? Happy or depressed? Can the source be derived from the text? Everyone who writes a text leaves unconscious and unintended traces behind. Clever computer systems can use these traces to identify the language users, and they are getting better and better at it. This field is called computational linguistics. Malvina Nissim teaches this at the University of Groningen. She was elected Lecturer of the Year on 25 January 2017, after a mini-lecture explaining her research.

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