Department or Program

Asian Studies


Li Qingzhao is one of China’s most famous pre-modern female poets. She is said to have read and composed thousands of poems. However, today, her entire anthology only contains less than one hundred separate works and many of these poems entered her collection several hundred years after her death. There is good reason to speculate that some of the works attributed to Li Qingzhao were written by people imitating her work. This thesis explores the authorship of Li Qingzhao’s anthology by using computational techniques and discusses their implications and significance. Some of the computational devices include bag of words and other similarity finding techniques. Although many of these tests are interesting, there are many limitations and issues with using these to explore authorship. The goal of this thesis is to explore computation's role in authorship determination, and the significance of that authorship.

Level of Access

Open Access

First Advisor

Ling, Chao

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages


Components of Thesis

2 pdf, 4 .xlxs

Open Access

Available to all.