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Computers May Predict Bestsellers

Computers may soon predict which fiction books may become bestsellers. Scientists at Stony Brook University in New York say they have developed a computer program that was 84 percent accurate when applied to already published books. By statistically analyzing literary styles of more than 5,000 published books and identifying characteristic elements researchers found the successful ones had many stylistic similarities. The analysis showed that in successful books conjunctions, such...

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