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The statistics of style

A mathematical method has been developed that distinguishes between the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and those of his imitators. But can the approach be used to spot imitations of works by any artist?

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Figure 1: Sparse-coding analysis of artistic style.

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Olshausen, B., DeWeese, M. The statistics of style. Nature 463, 1027–1028 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/4631027a

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