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Could a computer predict the next blockbuster bestseller?

Scientists claim to have written an algorithm that can predict bestsellers. Lewis Jones isn’t so sure.

In his entertaining Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2007), the indefatigable John Sutherland concluded that “to look for significant patterns, trends or symmetries” among bestsellers “is, if not pointless, baffling”.

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