We were just checking out the very cool Google Ngram Viewer and thought that you might want to know about it. According to Wikipedia it was inspired by the “Bookworm” prototype created by Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Aiden from Harvard and Yuan Shen from MIT.
And what does the Google Ngram Viewer do? Well “it charts the yearly count of selected letter combinations or words and phrases, as found in over 5.2 million books digitized by Google up to 2012.” For instance, you can type in names like Flannery O’Connor, Edith Wharton, and Joyce Carol Oates to see how they stack up against each other.
(FYI, Edith comes out on top.)
( The source of all ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.