Publication Date

Fall 2013

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


Author Identification is the process of identifying a piece of text to ascertain if it has an inherent writing style or pattern based on a certain author. Almost all literary books can be accredited to a certain author since it has been signed. However, there also exist a plethora of unfinished books or manuscripts that could be attributed to a range of possible authors. For example, William Shakespeare has written many plays that have not been signed by him. In order to assess the importance of such texts that do not bear the authors signature, it could be vital to know who was the writer. I plan to solve this dilemma using the characteristics of finite state automata coupled with the ALERGIA algorithm.