META: Who do you write like?

Saxon Brenton saxonbrenton at
Sun Jul 18 21:11:50 PDT 2010

Eagle (eagle at cast a critical eye and noted:
> Arthur Spitzer <arspitzer at> writes:
>> Here's a link to something that analyzes your writings and finds what 
>> famous writer your work resembles...
> This unfortunately appears to be way less sophisticated than one might 
> hope based on the idea.  There seem to be only about 15-20 authors 
> possible for it to return, and it routinely gets works by those same 
> authors wrong.
> Lots of people were hoping it was going to do more advanced textual 
> analysis, but it appears to be some sort of simple-minded statistical 
> vocabulary matching.  (It was also, at least for a time, advertising 
> ripoff "self-publishing" schemes to aspiring writers, but it's not clear 
> if that was actually the point of the site or just an ad rotation.)
Yes.  I was a bit disappointed when I played with it for a bit and 
discovered that it would tell me who it thought I wrote like without 
explaining how it came to that conclusion.
For what it's worth, here's the results of a small sample of some of my 
more recent (within the past half decade) stuff:
Limp-Asparagus Lad #55  (the September 11 story)
  Cory Doctorow 
Limp-Asparagus Lad #56 'Decimation part 1' (the start of the Ape Month 3 parter)
  Stephenie Meyer 
Limp-Asparagus Lad #58 'Decimation part 3' (the very late finale of the Ape Month 3 parter)
  David Wallace Foster
My Father's Son #1
  David Wallace Foster
Legion of Net.Heroes vol.2 #33 'Gathering Dust' (the anachronid story for the 5th High Concept Challenge)
  Arthur C. Clarke 
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