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Submission + - Computer reveals stone tablet 'handwriting' (

ewenc writes: A computer technique can tell the difference between ancient Greek inscriptions created by different artisans, a feat that ordinarily consumes years of human scholarship, reports New Scientist.

A team of Greek computer scientists created the program after a scholar challenged them to attribute 24 inscriptions to their rightful cutter. The researchers scanned the tablets and constructed an average shape for several Greek letters in every tablet. After comparing the average letters between different tablets, they correctly attributed the inscriptions to six stone-cutters.

Full disclosure: I work for New Scientist.

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One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.