In the past, there have been dozens of studies on automatic authorship classification, and many of these studies concluded that the writing style is one of the best indicators for original authorship. From among the hundreds of features which were developed, syntactic features were best able to reflect an author’s writing style. However, due to the high computational complexity for extracting and computing syntactic features, only simple variations of basic syntactic features such as function words, POS(Part of Speech) tags, and rewrite rules were considered. In this paper, we propose a new feature set of k-embedded-edge subtree patterns that holds more syntactic information than previous feature sets. We also propose a novel approach to directly mining them from a given set of syntactic trees. We show that this approach reduces the computational burden of using complex syntactic structures as the feature set. Comprehensive experiments on real-world datasets demonstrate that our approach is reliable and more accurate than previous studies.
Sangkyum Kim, Hyungsul Kim, Tim Weninger, Jiawei Han, Hyun Duk Kim, "Authorship Classification: A Discriminative Syntactic Tree Mining Approach", in Proc. of 2011 Int. ACM SIGIR Conf. on Research & Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR'11), Beijing, China, July 2011. [link]