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Statistique et attribution de textes : l'analyse des formes peut-elle remplacer celle des lemmes ? Le cas des textes attribués à Raoul le Moine (XIIe siècle)

Authors
Journal
Médiévales
0751-2708
Publisher
PERSEE Program
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
42
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/medi.2002.1539
Disciplines
  • Religious Science

Abstract

Statistical Analysis of Texts and Questions of Attribution : the Example of Texts attributed to Rodulfus Monachus (XIIth century) - The statistical analysis of texts is usually established by lemmatisation. However, in some cases, this lengthy and cumbersome operation may possibly be replaced by a more simple analysis of forms. This paper sets out to demonstrate this with respect to questions of attribution, through the statistical analysis of a corpus of Latin texts from the beginning of the XIIth century which have been incorporated in two fairly homogeneous groups, transmitted under the vague name of Rodolfus monachus in a cultural context associated with saint Anselm. The study of the theoretical vocabulary, the distribution of forms and the arborescent analysis of the whole group of texts make it possible to rapidly obtain convincing results which confirm, from a statistical point of view, the previous conclusions obtained from a study of the manuscripts and their theological content.

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