Analysis of Text Non-Homogeneity Using Markers
Monika Lapėnaitė-Gedvilė
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Karolina Piaseckienė
Šiauliai University, Lithuania
Marijus Radavičius
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Published 2015-12-20


statistical linguistics
binomial logistic regression
functional words

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Lapėnaitė-Gedvilė M., Piaseckienė K. and Radavičius M. (2015) “Analysis of Text Non-Homogeneity Using Markers”, Lithuanian Journal of Statistics, 54(1), pp. 92-100. doi: 10.15388/LJS.2015.13884.


The aim of the paper is to assess the distributional non-homogeneity of texts in the usage of functional words andother linguistic units. Our empirical study is based on recommended school fiction works taken from a digital library at Sets of frequent word forms, called markers, are made, and their frequency counts in blocks of 50successive sentences are calculated. The frequency counts of the markers show significant excess variability (overdispersion) withrespect to a text homogeneity model usually assumed in linguistics. For chosen markers, different kinds of hierarchical binomiallogistic regression models with the author's identifier, the block length and the frequency counts of the remaining markers as explanatory variables are fitted to the block data in order to explain the observed overdispersion of the markers chosen.

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