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  • A Picture is Worth 500 Billion Words

    Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel from Harvard University use the 15 million books scanned and digitized by Google to show how a visual and quantitative analysis of text can provide insights about fields as diverse as lexicography, the evolution of grammar, collective memory, the adoption of technology, the pursuit of fame, censorship, and historical epidemiology.


    What can we learn about cultural trends from 15 million books digitized by Google? Lieberman-Aiden and Michel show how a visual and quantitative analysis of text can provide insights about fields as diverse as lexicography, the evolution of grammar, collective memory, the adoption of technology, the pursuit of fame, censorship, and historical epidemiology. You can explore the data online at ngrams.googlelabs.com.


    Curator’s Pick: “[Google's digtized books] are very practical and extremely awesome.”


    For more about Erez, Jean-Baptiste, and their project visit: www.erez.com   www.jbmichel.com   www.culturomics.org 

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    Erez Lieberman Aiden

    Erez Lieberman Aiden, Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows; Principal Investigator, Harvard University's Laboratory-at-Large

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    Jean-Baptiste Michel

    Jean-Baptiste Michel, FQEB Fellow, Harvard University; Visiting Faculty, Google

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