My favorite part of their reply, I confess, comes when they conclude "with 99 percent probability," based upon the same sort of statistical reasoning used in the Stanford authors' original article, that Sidney Rigdon, who was born in 1793, wrote 34 of the Federalist Papers that were published in 1788; that Rigdon also wrote roughly 30 percent of the King James Bible; and, most astounding of all, that Oliver Cowdery, who died in 1850, is the real author of the 2008 "Literary and Linguistic Computing" article to which they're responding.
Hilarious stuff. Vintage Review style.
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