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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Visualizing Millions of Words

Visualizing Millions of Words

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(p.402) Visualizing Millions of Words
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Debates in the Digital Humanities
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Mills Kelly

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.003.0039

Google’s online tool, Ngram viewer, lets users compare the relationships between words or short phrases, across 5.2 million books (and apparently journals) in Google’s database of scanned works. This chapter examines how using such a tool can help students of the past make sense of the past in new or different ways. It describes an assignment devised by the author for his students in a historical methods course, asking them to play with word pairs such as war/peace. By using Ngram, they would see that the peace overtook war in 1743 as a word that appeared in books in English (at least in books Google has scanned to date).

Keywords:   Google, Ngram viewer, online tools

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