Tools That Streamline Blogging
Tools That Streamline Blogging is a post that is intended to be both useful for everyone that published their thoughts on a regular basis and provide some specific tools to deal with the occasional situation where one encounters what we refer to as a PITA, which is an acronym for “Pain In The Ass”.
Grammarly Pro – is a critical tool for those of us who suffer from “fingers that get ahead of our thought process”. It does an amazing job of picking up where the spell-check and grammar tools in MS Word leave off. It has very tight integration with MS Word and just about every place we write comments on social media site and other spots on the web. It costs $139.95/year and here is a very succinct chart that summarizes its features.
SEO SmallTools Plagiarism Checker – like everyone else, what we write is directly influenced by what we read. We are conscious of the importance of checking citations to authority and proper source attribution when we quote or use someone else’s work. We have gone so far as to publish an article that identifies resources to do exactly that – Post Stupid Stuff – Make Sure Its Yours. As part of that effort, we like the Plagiarism Checker from this vendor, which is priced based upon the amount of use you put it through.
SEO SmallTools Article Rewriter – now we venture into a grey area as there are a couple of legitimate uses for an “Article Rewriter and the subset of tools that come with it, and PLENTY of uses that we view as downright abusive of the work others. Rather than elaborate on this one, if you are so inclined, the link to read more about it is here.
Torture Tool for Old Attorneys With OCD – most of you would think we were joking about this one, hardly. We stumbled upon this free utility which is guaranteed to drive anyone with severe OCD when it comes to poor spelling and punctuation absolutely “BATSHIT CRAZY”. This little gem can be accessed here. Before anyone questions what kind of sadistic mind would produce such a tool, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It permits the creation of documents of a type that would be relevant to professionals in various fields that want to improve their spelling and grammar skills or are learning English as a second language.
Our Favorite – Tool for Estimating A Person’s IQ From A Writing Sample – a bit of background is necessary for this one.
First, a great quote “An interesting paradox lies within As a person’s IQ tends to be rated higher, he or she is less interested in making these estimates, so it seems that estimating IQ is a pursuit more attached to those of low IQ. Thus, needing to estimate IQ rating becomes the domain of the low IQ!”
An Excerpt from “Automated IQ Estimation from Writing Samples“
The primary focus of this research is to introduce a method of measuring an individual’s IQ by analyzing the vocabulary in said individual’s writing. In this paper, we show that the ratio of SAT words in a dataset of writing samples is roughly normally distributed, though with an obvious left skew. We go on to show a method that can be used to calculate an individual’s IQ with this ratio and provide samples with measured accuracy. The conclusion suggests ways to increase accuracy in order to further develop the research along with applications of doing so. 1 Introduction Stylometry is the statistical analysis of differences in literature between authors (Franking, 1988). As early as 1880, the study of stylometry has been used as a method of authorship identification on disputed texts. With the development of computers and automation techniques, sylometric analysis has become easier. An early example of software defined stylometry was used to identify the author of the disputed papers amongst the “Federalist Papers” (Tweedie, Singh, Holmes; 1996). This work demonstrated that stylometric analysis using automation is, at least in this application, able to draw similar conclusions about the authorship of these papers as previous work on the subject.
In recent years, stylometry has taken on a broad range of applications. More specifically, stylometry has been used in the identification of chat bots (Ali, Hindi, Yampolskiy; 2011). Further research was done to show that when a chat bot changes behavior over time, the stylometry approach becomes more difficult (Ali, Schaeffer, Yampolskiy; 2012). In addition, it has been demonstrated that stylometric author identification processes can be used on a single author that is capable of writing in multiple languages. (Ali, Yampolskiy, 2014).
This is significant in that itdemonstrates certain writing trends are independent of the authors’ language and are therefore likely stronger candidates for comparing authors that write in different languages. As there is no true scientific measurement that is currently used to quantify someone’s intelligence, many different measurements have been used. Intelligence tests have often been a common way to determine an individual’s intelligence relative to others. There have been many negative and controversial opinions on these tests, yet experts still agree on their overall usefulness (Snyderman, Rothman; 1989). Further studies have shown that a standard intelligence test provides the best single, reliable predicator of academic aptitude (Bullerdieck, 1985). One popular example of standard intelligence tests measures an individual’s Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The assumption behind this system of measurement is that if a large sample of IQs are mapped together, the distribution will be normal. It has been shown that there are issues with the structure and quality of the standard IQ test (Lawler, 1977). Still, the IQ test can be a useful way for individuals to compare intelligence. For this paper, we will act under the assumption that an individual’s IQ score relates directly to their true intelligence level. This preliminary research project is focused on exploring whether an individual’s IQ can be determined by using software defined stylometry.
The novelty of this process is that it is not centered around author identification. Instead, stylometry will be used to determine the relative writing quality of a known author. The process will involve analyzing an attribute of a known author’s writing to determine said author’s IQ. There are multiple attributes of writing that are potential candidates for this application. For the beginning of this research, we will focus on the individual in question’s vocabulary. Other research has been done to discuss other attributes with possible merit.
We are going to keep our favorite tool for this to ourselves…it isn’t all that difficult to find. But we will share a sample that is available for those practicing to get into MENSA which you can try here.
Finally, we provide an instrument for understanding IQ scores…so you can distinguish between morons, imbeciles, and idiots.
We hope you enjoy the tools.
Tools That Streamline Blogging – aBIZinaBOX