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David Iain Holmes

Assistant Professor, Statistics

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David Holmes has taught statistics for more than 20 years at The University of the West of England, Bristol, before joining The College of New Jersey where he spent 19 years heading their statistics program. On retiring from The College of New Jersey he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. His research field is Stylometry - the statistical analysis of literary style - specializing in authorship attribution. He has published extensively in a variety of journals and has given multiple conference presentations on both sides of the Atlantic. His work often involves collaboration with scholars of English and History, and recent projects have included the attribution of the so-called "Pickett Letters" from the Civil War, the successful attribution of the anonymous "Diary of a Public Man," written in the secessionist winter of 1860-61, and an analysis of the so-called "Chard Reports" submitted to Queen Victoria during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. He is a past Secretary of The Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, and acts as a reviewer for journals in this field.


PhD, Statistics, King's College, University of London (1991)

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Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor


Research Interests

Stylometry - the application of statistical techniques to literary style.

Honors & Awards

Professor Emeritus, The College of New Jersey,