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What we learned from 5 million books

TEDxBoston 2011 · 14:08 · Filmed Jul 2011
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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.)

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Data researcher
Jean-Baptiste Michel looks at how we can use large volumes of data to better understand our world. Full bio
Researcher
Erez Lieberman Aiden pursues a broad range of research interests, spanning genomics, linguistics, mathematics ... Full bio

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