Senior missionary explains Book of Mormon “wordprint” analysis

PCC senior missionary Elder Gale Bryce
Elder Bryce

[Story and photo by Mike Foley, originally published to the BYU–Hawaii “electronic newsroom,” April 17, 2007]

Elder Gale Bryce, a volunteer service missionary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, explained in the heavily attended April 17 School of Computing InForm meeting how two former colleagues used “wordprint” statistical analyses to authenticate Book of Mormon authorship.

Elder Bryce — retired BYU Provo Associate Dean of the College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences and former chairman of its Statistics Department who now helps PCC with quality assurance analyses — explained wordprints are analagous to fingerprints: “They are based on the theory that an author develops subconscious habits over time in the way he or she writes.”

He added his colleagues, Wayne Larsen and Alvin Rencher, used statistical analysis software he partially developed to help us understand how the Book of Mormon was translated and who wrote it.

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