Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Google NGrams

There are so many things going on in Google Labs that sometimes you can find yourself stumbling upon an interesting creation from them that you had missed. I discovered Google N-Grams while reading a post in Alexis Madrigal's blog in The Atlantic.

NGrams searches the occurrences of a word (or a comma delimited list of words) in Google Books from the year 1800 to the present and plots their frequency on a graph. You can start playing with it here: http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/

Here is a sample experiment to get you started: type "selfish,selfless" into the search box, click search, and then view the results.

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