Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books

@article{Aiden2011QuantitativeAO,
  title={Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books},
  author={E. L. Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={331},
  pages={176 - 182}
}
Linguistic and cultural changes are revealed through the analyses of words appearing in books. We constructed a corpus of digitized texts containing about 4% of all books ever printed. Analysis of this corpus enables us to investigate cultural trends quantitatively. We survey the vast terrain of ‘culturomics,’ focusing on linguistic and cultural phenomena that were reflected in the English language between 1800 and 2000. We show how this approach can provide insights about fields as diverse as… Expand
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