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Google Books Ngram Viewer Shows Cultural Trends

By: Summer Luu - Published: • References: ngrams.googlelabs and huffingtonpost
Google and scientists from Harvard University have coined the term “culturomics” in its latest launch of Google Books Ngram Viewer.

The database consists of more than 5.2 million digital books published between 1500 and 2008 (fiction and non-fiction). Users can type in a word and track its popularity, how frequently its been used and its changes in usage throughout history. The Google Books Ngram Viewer search tool quantifies the evolution of words and language and depicts history’s cultural trends.