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  1. The identification by CV2 (OpenCV) of the bounding boxes is only sometimes correct, as is seen in the sample from the First Folio you have drawn attention to. I think it will always take some hand-crafting on the part of humans to produce the human-validated data set (of images) which is fundamental to AI Object Detection. Even then the results produced always have a Confidence Level attached to them, so the paradigm is different from say, COBOL64 in 1978, whose intent is to spit out "correct" results. This style of programming begins with a verified dataset called Ground Truth data, which is used to "train" a neural network to identify specified image objects, such as "Elizabethan Upper Case A". So the Bodleian Library downloads for Text Encoding Initiative files of the text of each of the First Folio plays (which I believe you actually looked in the content of some months ago, you mentioned on this Forum) give us in a machine-readable form which each letter "should" be. The Riverbank monographs include two examples of human-decoded results. at my website, gorhambury.org, there are dedicated pages for each, The Prologue (from Troilus and Cressida) and then the IM Poem. These can assist in coralling each letter into a bounding box, with the relation to a correct-identity letter of the alphabet. But actually I still don't understand your question, whether you are criticizing the methodology, or what. The project is a work-in-progress, I keep hoping with some one with deep experience will take an interest in the project.
  2. Thanx for being the first person from this community to look at the page and comment.
  3. Bacon's Final Instructions in, The Life and Death of King John new gorhambury
  4. Only Vern knows how to get the telegraph working again, and his gout restricts doing field work in the WInter
  5. Sorry for tardiness of reply, telegraph poles down from storm throughout the Bighorn Basin.
  6. All of the pages at gorhambury.org which are categorized as Experiments have the corresponding Python source code available via Github, one click-or-tap away. The hyperlink is in the block of buttons just above the text asking, "How's this for Transparency and Repeatability?" If that were enough you will always find the button illustrated which navigates directly to the Jupyter Notebook for your sagacious perusal.
  7. Thanks for your kind words, I draw encouragement from this.
  8. The project is a work-in-progress for using computer-aided methods to validate the manual decoding Elizabeth Wells Gallup performed in the 1890's. Her book is available from the website. I thought it would take about a week to write the decoding program, but now that 1.5 years have past with my head buried in the attempt, it's clear to see why no one previously has accomplished this. The website is for presenting interim progress. It's unfortunate that you thought the work is complete already. Do you have experience with Convolutional Neural Networks? Know anyone who does?
  9. I ran across the following while browsing at: https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/facsimile/overview/book/F1.html where is described one certain copy of the First Folio. They say: --------- Copy Comments: Portrait in second state; signed Martin Droeshout, London sculpsit. Size: 12 3/8" x 8". 454 leaves: the first 9 preliminary matter, the Comedies 152, the Histories 132, Troylus and Cressida 15, the Tragedies 146. A fine copy; bound in full 19th cent. red morocco. --------- The first and fourth lines are a real jaw-dropper, and I strongly believe this reinforces my theory about the ultimate meaning and purpose of the First Folio, which is adapted from Margaret Barsi-Greene, and which is: Sir Francis saw, by 1623, that no apparent progress had been made towards anyone decoding the secret messages he had concealed within the First Folio for Posterity. As I have been presenting on my website, New Gorhambury, he apparently saw that time was running out, and lest his twenty-year project disappear altogether, in 1623 he was introducing an escalating spiral of hints and clews to aid in decoding the two major encryption methods of his invention, the Biliteral Cipher, and the Word Cipher. Today we call the Biliteral Cipher the Binary Code, and it underlies everything in the Digital World we today spend our lives swimming in. Sir Francis invented the Binary Code when he was about seventeen years old. His two great steganographic codes are intertwined over all 900+ pages of the Fist Folio, and span all 36 of the Playes. Splicing-in any additional clews then would require extensive re-engineering of the surrounding non-secret text. Instead, at the very end, he inserted five brief, standalone texts, since that could be done without discombobulating all the rest. These are listed and analyzed in near-obsessive detail on my new Web page, The Final Clews. None of the five are of any literary merit whatever, they are just filler text, just what FB might have rescued from his wastebasket at Gorhambury. Scholars seem perplexed about why such rubbish was included into the First Folio at all. But I'm not. The lengthiest of these is the one-page Prologue from Troilus and Cressida. It is the focus of my Experiment One, where I present copious background information, and do so visually, wherever possible. This is what is new here: The pages of the First Folio are grouped into units called Leaves. The reader of the book will never be aware of how the pages are divided into the Leaves, it's typically just a mundane invisible implementation detail. But for this ultra-classic book: ------ 454 leaves: 1. the first 9 preliminary matter, 2. the Comedies 152, 3. the Histories 132, 4. Troylus and Cressida 15, 5. the Tragedies 146. ------ Numbers 2,3 and 5 make perfect sense, the overall structure of the First Folio is Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. This is reflected in the Catalogue page, one of five of the valueless blurbs of "preliminary matter". But note that the play Troilus and Cressida is the only one of the 36 that doesn't appear in the Catalogue. This points to it being among of the last batch of things spliced-in for the penultimate press run, to secretly incorporate the final Clews whithout upsetting all the rest. Doesn't Item Number 4 seem incomprehensible? Troilus and Cressida is widely accepted to be the least successful of the 36 plays. Why waste 15 leaves on such rubbish? Why does it stand apart from all the others? My Experiment One shows the decoded secret message within the Prologue, and the other five can also be found in Overview of Riverbank Publications Baconian Monographs. It was always the primary goal of the New Gorhambury project to use computer-aided methods to decode the secret messages in a way vastly less onerous than before, and in a way unbiased by human interpretation of individuals. My Prologue work builds on the efforts of others in the 1890's which was published in the Riverbank Monographs many years later. Having the Prologue correctly decoded is an essential resource for bootstrapping the decoding of the rest of the 900+ pages.
  10. Well here is some truly eerie synchronicity: when I posted the above there were five of these blurbs from the First Folio: The IM Poem The Digges Poem The Catalogve The Principall Actors The Prologue from Troilus and Cressida which have baffled scholars as to what this valuless rubbish is doing there in the first place. But I took my copy of Elizabeth Wells Gallups classic book to lunch today and happened to open it to Page 166. A direct link to this page is here (and who else is using this excellent hyper-hyperlink device?) I had already published Experiments at gorhambury.org showing my computer-aided validation of two of them...but the decoded secret messages of the other three were, last night, unknown. But then at lunch today I noticed that the footnote for this page shows all five already decoded, and adds one more. So in brief, the Last Broadcast of FB of 1623 are the six secret messages listed here: 1. "Francis of Verulam is author of all the plays heretofore published by Marlowe, Greene, Peele, Shakespeare, and of the two-and-twenty now put out for the first time. Some are alterd to continue his history." 2. "Search for keyes, the headings of the Comedies." 3. "As I sometimes place rules and directions in other Ciphers, you must seeke for the others soone to aide is writing." 4. "Queene Elizabeth is my true mother, and I am the lawfull heire to the throne. Finde the Cypher storie my bookes containe; it tells great secrets, every one of which (if imparted openly) would forfeit my life." 5. "Francis St. Alban, descended from the mighty heroes of Troy, loving and revering these noble ancestors, hid in his writings Homers Iliads and Odyssey (in Cipher), with the Aneid of the noble Virgil, prince of Latin poets, inscribing the letters to Elizabeth, R." 6. "Fr. Bacon is the author, unknown among men as such. He in this way, and in his Cypher workes, gives full directions, in a great many places, for finding and unfolding of severall weightie secrets, hidden from those who would persecute the betrayer, yes, even take a person's life. Then take care that he be not endangered by your zeal. Reade easy lessons first, and forsooth the Absey (ABC) in the Life and Death of King John, act one, is a good one; it shewes the entrance to a labyrinth. Court Time, a sure leader, and proceed to his Alphabet of Nature. Learne well two portions, Masses, and the Rule, Search this out." ------------- Note how uncanny that I picked up the book for the first time for months and it turned to this one page out of 482. And how cool are these hyper-hyperlinks? Who else is using them?
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