Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Book Reviewed



John Hilton, Ernest Taves, stylometric, Joseph Smith, Book of Mormon analysis


John Hilton has submitted a review of the stylometric or word-print studies of Ernest Taves. While word-print studies may eventually tell us a great deal about various word-placement habits in the texts of the Book of Mormon and the writings of Joseph Smith, the efforts of Taves are flawed in several ways. Hilton and his colleagues have been working for several years on what they hope will be a more-definitive computer analysis of Book of Mormon texts. Hilton's review may be ordered now, while the larger study is still in preparation.