This thesis argues that there is a detectable, direct link between genre and vocabulary in Ancient Greek historiography. When split along canonical citation divisions and vectorized by a simple, non-lemmatized word count, a linear-regression model distinguished the historiographical works of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon from a counter-corpus of Demosthenes’, Lysias’, and Isocrates’ oratory, as well as Xenophon’s Socratic dialogs and Demosthenes’ letters. On 10-fold cross-validation, the model achieved overall accuracy of 95% ± 0.9% when these sections of text were labeled as either Historiography or Other, versus accuracy of 49.6% ± 2.7% when these sections of text were randomly assigned one of the two groups. This shows that vocabulary is a strong predictor for the genre of these texts. This thesis concludes with possibilities for application and expansion of these findings to other genres, time periods, and interpretation of the misclassified sections of text.
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|Commitee:||Hirsch, Steven, Proctor, David|
|School Location:||United States -- Massachusetts|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Classical Studies, Classical literature, Computer science|
|Keywords:||Ancient Greek historiography, Genre, Historiography, Logistic regression, Modeling, Vocabulary|
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