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5.2

Word Length Analysis

Lastly, we ran an analysis on the word length dis- tributions between Shakespeare’s poems and Edward de Vere’s poems. In general, poems are significantly shorter than dramatic pieces, histories, and comedies. It is also well known that only approximately 25 of de Verde’s works survive. However, we still decided to run this test because we found a plethora of in- formation online leading us to believe that de Vere may have written as Shakespeare. The graph of our comparison is shown in Figure[6].

The results of our

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test does not

works

of

the

two

authors

very

well.

distinguish the In this regard

there’s strong evidence that de Vere remains a canidate as the true author of Shakespeare’s

viable plays.

Our P-value was 0.40,

a shockingly high number com-

pared to the results from the though we didn’t have many

previous section. Even works by de Vere, this

result,

along

with

other

statistics

comparing

Shake-

speare to de Vere,

lead us to believe that the two may

have

written

under

the

same

name.

5.3

Proportion

of Unique Words

The real surprise came when we used our uniq word ratio to compare Edward de Vere’s works with Shake- speare’s plays, the results of which are summarized in Table[8]. It is important to note again here that there is not a significant amount of work available that was written by de Vere. We used a concate- nation of a set of Shakespeare’s works that totalled approximately 8300 words and a concatenation of de Vere’s works that totalled approximately 3700 words. We got that de Vere had a ratio of 0.31 and Shake- speare had a ratio of 0.30. These values are extremely close to eachother and work well to backup our re- sult from the word length distribution comparison be- tween Shakespeare and de Vere. Perhaps de Vere was Shakespeare.

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Conclusion

Based on our studies, it appears extremely improb- able that the works attributed to William Shake- speare were written by either Marlowe or Francis Ba- con. However, the results of the Shakespeare-Edward de Vere tests indicate that the Oxfordian camp may have some veracity. We are particularly intrigued by the connections between events in Shakespeare’s plays and events in Edward de Vere’s life that abound on- line. Though such personal connections cannot be

scrutinized in a text-mining experiment, they do give greater weight to statistical similarities. Given more time we would like to conduct a more extensive study of the vocabularies of Shakespeare’s plays and Ed- ward de Vere’s letters. Though indications exist on- line that such work has been done, it is hard to easily acquire solid research about this subject. In short, our research leads us to believe that out of the sus- pects, Edward de Vere is the only candidate who shows serious potential. After noticing that Edward de Vere also holds the most followers currently ascrib- ing to the non-Shakespeare philosophy, the authors of this paper are very doubtful that Shakespeare did in fact write his plays.

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