Word Detectives: Science May Help Finger Opinion Columnist

Experts use a combination of language use, statistics and computer science to help figure out who wrote documents that are anonymous or possibly plagiarized.

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This article was republished here with permission from The Associated Press, however it is no longer available to read on Snopes.com.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Language detectives say the key clues to who wrote the anonymous New York Times opinion piece slamming President Donald Trump may not be the odd and glimmering “lodestar,” but the itty-bitty words that people usually read right over: “I,” “of” and “but.” And lodestar? That could be a red herring meant to throw sleuths off track, some experts say. Experts use a combination of language use, statistics and computer science to help…