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What we learned from 5 million books - Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel


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Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Of the books that had been scanned and digitized by Google at the time of this talk, how many were of a high enough quality to be used in Erez and Jean-Baptiste’s analyses?

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