Attribution

Objects of attribution.

The majority of research on Molière’s oeuvre takes all of Molière’s literary works into account, including his plays both in poetry and prose, when analyzing the question of attribution. In the case of using mathematical methods for attributing literary works, it is necessary to make a clear differentiation between various groups of attributed objects. In the research the comedies in poetry were selected as the attributed objects.

Attributed objects

¹

Work

First performance

N

1

L'Étourdi, ou Le Contre-Temps

1658

1084

10530

2

Le dépit amoureux

1658

1210

3

Sganarelle, ou le cocu imaginaire

1660

473

4

Dom Garcie de Navarre, ou Le Prince jaloux

1661

853

5

L'École des maris

1661

765

6

Les Fâcheux

1661

546

7

L'École des femmes

1662

1266

8

La Princesse d'Élide (parts in verses)

1664

224

9

Tartuffe, ou L’imposteur

1664

1293

10

Le Misanthrope

1666

1112

11

Mélicerte

1666

421

12

Pastorale comique

1667

72

13

Les Femmes savantes

1672

1211

 

Forming an attribution hypothesis.

The above-given history of the “Corneille-Molière” problem testifies to the fact that there are several hypotheses at present on who the real author of the plays ascribed to Molière is. The attribution hypothesis may be formulated in the following way:

Null hypothesis (H0 ): the texts of plays in verse ascribed to Molière belong completely to Molière.

Alternative hypotheses go as follows:

( H1): the texts of plays in verse ascribed to Molière belong completely to P. Corneille;

(H2 ): the texts of plays in verse ascribed to Molière are works of P. Corneille, F. Quinault, and of one or several other unknown authors. In this case one must determine the number of authors and the potential share of participation of each of these authors.


Testing of the attribution hypothesis calls for selection of informative parameters from the a priori dictionary of parameters and making a recognition procedure.

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