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What can we learn from 500 billion words?

No surprise: a lot. In this TEDxBoston talk, Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden offer an entertaining and insightful overview of the computations they have been running on 5 million books scanned by Google. Those 5 million books offer up more than 500 billion words published over hundreds of years and the patterns they reveal are fascinating. The video is only about 14 minutes long, so I won’t spoil any of the highlights by writing about them here. It’s well worth your time to watch the whole thing.

Many thanks to Brain Pickings for pointing this one out.



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John says

Wow, really enjoyed this video!!

david k waltz says

Great video – I wonder if there have been culturomics studies of corporate cultures.

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