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Sarah Adams

Scientists have developed an algorithm which they claim can predict the commercial success of a book with 84 per cent accuracy.

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Using the technique ‘statistical stylometry’, which appears more suited to maths nerds than literary ones, scientists sought to determine what connection, if any, there was between writing style and successful literature based on a range of factors.

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Sarah Adams is a media, film and television junkie. She is the former deputy editor of ArtsHub Australia and now works in digital communications - telling research stories across multiple platforms - in the higher education sector. Follow her @sezadams