Computer scientists quantify elements of writing style that differentiate successful fiction

20140112-140139.jpg“Predicting the success of literary works poses a massive dilemma for publishers and aspiring writers alike,” Choi said. “We examined the quantitative connection between writing style and successful literature. Based on novels across different genres, we investigated the predictive power of statistical stylometry in discriminating successful literary works, and identified the stylistic elements that are more prominent in successful writings.” —Computer scientists quantify elements of writing style that differentiate successful fiction.