Discovering poetic allusion in anthologies of classical japanese poems

Kouichi Tamari, Mayumi Yamasaki, Takuya Kida, Masayuki Takeda, Tomoko Fukuda, Ichirō Nanri

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Waka is a form of traditional Japanese poetry with a 1300- year history. In this paper we attempt to semi-automatically discover instances of poetic allusion, or more generally, to find similar poems in anthologies of waka poems. The key to success is how to define the similarity measure on poems. We first examine the existing similarity measures on strings, and then give a unifying framework that captures the essences of the measures. This framework makes it easy to design new measures appropriate to finding similar poems. Using the measures, we report successful results in finding poetic allusion between two antholo- gies Kokinshu and Shinkokinshu. Most interestingly, we have found an instance of poetic allusion that has never been pointed out in the long history of waka research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscovery Science - 2nd International Conference, DS 1999, Proceedings
EditorsSetsuo Arikawa, Koichi Furukawa
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)354066713X, 9783540667131
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event2nd International Conference on Discovery Science, DS 1999 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Dec 6 1999Dec 8 1999

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other2nd International Conference on Discovery Science, DS 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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