As an example, let's compare all the books in my library by Charles Dickens and William Dean Howells, respectively. (I have a peculiar fascination with WDH, regular readers may notice: it's born out of a month-long fascination with Silas Lapham several years ago, and a complete inability to get more than 10 pages into anything else he's written.) We have about 150 books by each (they're among the most represented authors in the Open Library, which is why I choose it), which means lots of duplicate copies published in different years, perhaps some miscategorizations, certainly some OCR errors. Can Dunning scores act as a crutch to thinking even on such ugly data? Can they explain my Howells fixation?
I'll present the results in faux-wordle form as discussed last time. That means I use wordle.com graphics, but with the size corresponding not to frequency but to Dunning scores comparing the two corpuses. What does that look like?