Week 5 Reflection

Due to a timetabling clash, I had to leave this week’s class early so I could attend a different unit’s class which wasn’t going to be recorded and contained important information. But the parts I was present for, were definitely interesting.

I particularly found Google’s Ngram Viewer interesting. I find it intriguing to compare 3 ¬†classic authors – Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Frances Burney – and extend the search parameters to 1500-2000 and seeing that a few results appear long before the authors were born.

QueryPic can also produce interesting results which can only properly explained when the data source of the results is examined, which can provide clues into the social history of the data’s era.

What I have seen of Word-Counter and Voyant Tools shows good potential.


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