The Long-Lost Seventh Volume of Brandes’ Main Currents in 19th Century Literature
This newly-discovered (?) seventh volume of Hovedstrømninger i det 19de Aarhundredes Litteratur emerged from the fevered workings of an artificial neural network.
The book is the result of a recurrent neural network trained on the six extant volumes of Georg Brandes’ classic Danish text that helped establish the field of Comparative Literature. The neural network makes a comprehensive series of observations about real texts and uses what it learns to predict hypothetical future works. Unlike earlier approaches of text generation such as markov chains (Wikipedia), this character-level RNN works on a letter-by-letter basis.
As such it may be interesting to observe the network has learned the capitalization rules of nouns in 19th century Danish, despite starting from a purely random state in which no letter is more or less likely to follow another.
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For English speakers, there is an excellent translation of Brandes’ original introduction to his 1872 lecture series available here.
textgenrnn by Mac Woolf: https://github.com/minimaxir/textgenrnn/