I am still trying to absorb this aticle, and I have not watched the video yet, but the subject matter is so up my alley that I can’t wait to post it. It’s all about a technique for analyzing large groups of stuff called “feature frequency profiles”, or FFP. In theory, you can apply the technique to anything that might have patterns in it – DNA, music taste…and, of course, the works of Shakespeare.
Kim and his colleagues later applied the FFP technique to a comparative analysis of the works of William Shakespeare, contemporaries such as Christopher Marlowe, plus several works from the Jacobean era that were once attributed to Shakespeare but whose authorships are now in question. The results cast new doubt on Shakespeare having been the author of the play Pericles, Prince of Tyre, and point to his authorship of the comedy Two Noble Kinsmen, for which in the past he has only received partial credit.
In that particular case I don’t think of it so much as a discovery, since there’s already been doubt on those plays – but if the FFP algorithm also kicked those out as questionable, without having been told, that’d be pretty impressive.