Culturomics meets random fractal theory: insights into long-range correlations of social and natural phenomena over the past two centuries

@article{Gao2012CulturomicsMR,
  title={Culturomics meets random fractal theory: insights into long-range correlations of social and natural phenomena over the past two centuries},
  author={Jianbo Gao and Jing Hu and Xiang Mao and Matja{\vz} Perc},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
  year={2012},
  volume={9},
  pages={1956 - 1964}
}
Culturomics was recently introduced as the application of high-throughput data collection and analysis to the study of human culture. Here, we make use of these data by investigating fluctuations in yearly usage frequencies of specific words that describe social and natural phenomena, as derived from books that were published over the course of the past two centuries. We show that the determination of the Hurst parameter by means of fractal analysis provides fundamental insights into the nature… 

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