Given a substantial and diverse text and a keyword that supports a nominated argument, approximations to the keyword can be found embedded in
This admittedly tortuous hypothesis can be demonstrated by examining James' application of the process (BJ113).
Text — the entire works of William Shakespeare (884,647 words, HCS)
Testing the hypothesis:
Keyword — Neville
Nominated argument — that Neville is the author of the works attributed to William Shakespeare
Approximations to keyword — Navile, Anvile, Nevil and Nevel
Outcome of the process — about (we'll address this uncertainty later) 4 matches
Example match — "than vile esteem'd"
Text — King James Authorized Bible (774,746 words, BDPF)
Keyword — Neville
Nominated argument — that Neville is the compiler of the King James Authorized Bible
Approximations to keyword — Nevil
Approximate outcome —
"an evil" 22 matches
"in evil" 1 match
"when evil" 1 match
total 24 matches
(near miss, "done evil" 4 matches ;-)
Is the matching in this test as significant as that in BJ113?
more so, the test uses only one keyword approximation and there are many more matches.
Negative — all the BJ113 matches occurred in a single sonnet.
Affirmative— the sonnet was nevertheless chosen from the complete
... and so on and so forth.
Actually it seems impossible to devise a test of the BJ113 techniques because of the ill-defined nature of what constitutes a match.
James finds a match in lines 9 and 10 of Sonnet 121 using a vertical linking method:
No, I am that I am; and they that level
At my abuses reckon up their own:
The "nevel" match is formed by sliding the 'n' in "own" up to displace the initial 'l' in "level". (The font in BJ113 aligns more closely.)
A problem is that the vertical linking technique is typeface and kerning dependent. The original print setting is shown at the right for the reader's evaluation.
A relatively high degree of matching (24 matches) was obtained with the trial text. Because of the flexible nature of what constitutes a match an analytical comparison with BS113 (4 matches) is difficult.