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Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Software & computer services industry
Author: Bates, Mary Ellen
Date: Jul/Aug 2011
Start Page: 64
Pages: 1
Section: online spotlight
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Qwest underestimated Larry Page, the returning CEO of Google. When he came up with the notion of digitizing the world's literature, Page calculated how much time and expense was required and decided it wasn't an "unreasonable" amount. While they haven't yet digitized every book and movie ever made, Google has introduced a cool book data-mining tool. Launched in December 2010, Google Books Ngram Viewer took the text of 5 million books and created 11 publicly searchable data sets. The Ngram Viewer lets you compare the relative frequency of words or phrases, as they appeared in books, over time. While the Ngram Viewer is designed for scholarly research, searchers will find it useful for other types of queries as well.

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