Playing experiment with Ngram Viewer

Friday, August 16, 2013 » interesting, internet things

Today a daily-news portal recommended a not so known Google service the Ngram Viewer. In fact I have never heard about that before but suddenly I have been really curious to play with that some minutes. The service is about to chart the yearly count of selected words or phrases as found in more than 5.2 million books digitized by Google Inc. Ngram name refers to n-gram that is a finite sequence of n items from a given sequence of text (e.g.: it can be words, phrases or text-parts). This way it’s possible to generate talkative diagrams in the requested year-range just the keywords must be choosen clever way.

What’s telling the books about things in last years?! Let’s do a little experiment with Ngram Viewer and check the result of generated diagrams with a slight sense of humour.

Typewriter and computer in Ngram Viewer

Typewriter and computer. After the invention..

Tamagotchi and tetris in Ngram Viewer Tamagotchi and tetris in Ngram Viewer

Tamagotchi and tetris. The ‘tetris’ word as latin word was found in set of publications in the last century but after today’s called classic Tetris game showed up. Later the crazy spreading of Tamagotchi the Japan digital pet.

Capslock and numlock in Ngram Viewer Capslock and numlock in Ngram Viewer Capslock and numlock in Ngram Viewer

Capslock and numlock. Depending on the spelling..but which one is the more popular?!

Transistor and chip in Ngram Viewer

Transistor vs. chip. All in due time.

Horse and car in Ngram Viewer

Horse and car. After the invention..