(04-Jul-2011, 01:07 AM)Lije Wrote: I don't know if linguistic analysis of this sort, where they used AI to identify multiple authors for the Bible, is possible with Sanskrit, but if it is that would be cool.
The possibilities of computational stylistics for addressing authorship questions are tantalizing, but far from mainstream despite its application to Shakespeare's work
that received wide coverage. Textual criticism as a discipline seems quite mainstream in Biblical scholarship as can be seen in this very instructive BBC documentary series
Speaking of applying this technique to a text like the Bhagavad Gita, there are several considerations and challenges. First off, the strict adherence to Chhandas
(BG is mostly in anuṣṭup
interspersed with some verses in triṣṭubh
) may have an effect of homogenizing styles, concealing author differences and precluding the use of certain standard computational stylistic tools such as analyses of sentence lengths. However it maybe possible to 'train classifiers
' to label verses as 'Bhagavatic/Puranic', 'Upanishadic' or 'Vedic' based on certain tell-tale words and usages. It does not help that most publicized scholarship in these disciplines seems to be in apologetic circles or funded by partisan organizations.