New tool for literary analysis

Computational Knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha just announced that you can now analyze Shakespeare’s plays, as well as some other famous works of literature, including Moby Dick, Great Expectations, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

From their blog:

Entering a play into Wolfram|Alpha, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brings up basic information, such as number of acts, scenes, and characters. It also provides more in-depth info like longest word, most frequent words, number of words and sentences, and more. It’s also easy to find more specific information about a particular act or scene with queries like “What is the longest word in King Lear?”, “What is the average sentence length of Macbeth?”, and “How many unique words are there in Twelfth Night?”.

This is pretty exciting for literature fans and those assigned English analysis papers! For more examples, see their blog at http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2012/04/10/to-compute-or-not-to-compute-wolframalpha-analyzes-shakespeares-plays/

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Amanda

Digital Services and Reference Librarian at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

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