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Othing else the book will inspire readers to experiment with the Ngram Viewer themselves and encourage further reading n big dataLooking at some ther reviews I see complaints that this book focuses too much n the Ngram Viewer and not enough On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals on big data in general I can see whythers thought the title was misleading it s metaphorical whereas many people interested in this stuff might be used to explicit journal article titles and I can see how someone might be misled by the summary Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) on my advanced reading copy which mentions the Ngram Viewer as well as the implicationsf big data in general It looks like the summary Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat on and presumably the finished copy is a bit clearer about the Ngram Viewer being the focus so hopefully future readers won t have a similar problem the book s theme is Google books Ngram Viewer analyses lotsf books tens millions booksThe human being can read several books but it read mathematically millions booksit can lead the relationships Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of every booksit is the books revolution What happens when Google uploads practically every book and publication and this data can be studied for wordsr phrases and their freuency you get a lens into culture with graphs and plots These plots will measure things going n in the culture It will uantify fame and how long it lasts It will detect censorship and repression It will chart changes in the English r any ther language finding when and where grammar changes took place and when new words came into use With big data we can now plot the zeitgeist in nice easy to see charts A very fun book See my status updates for details big science crunches culture a treat The book was published in 2013 relatively the early days f what has come to be a fairly common buzzword Therefore it is probably unfair to expect this book to have the understanding r perspectives that the field has accumulated in the last few years Having said that I still think my expectation from the book was higher It stemmed mostly from the title and I thought there was tremendous scope there We now live consume produce and share tons f data Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls on a daily basis What could it say about us at a societal level Wouldn t that be a great way to study howur culture has evolved as a species and perhaps differently in various parts Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of the world How do ideas spread how manyf them are universal and do some have velocity than Night's Pawn others But holdn While this book does try to give some answers it is solely based Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) on the authors experiments with datasets using Google Books Ngram Viewer This is a formidable tool 30 million books digitized by Google But it is limited too These arenly books published and a subset f them Books are nly a small representation f culture and by virtue f publishing being gated in the past would carry inherent biases To be fair the authors are aware The Secret Child of this and bring it up towards the end It also raises the concerns that have now grown louder whowns the data who has access what is it being used for So if you go by the title you might be a little disappointed but it is an interesting story well told and made accessible It does provide many many interesting trends and findings across disparate things like technology popul. Google to create the Ngram Viewer a Web based tool that can chart words throughout the massive Google Books archive sifting through billions Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook of words to find fascinating cultural trends On the day that the Ngram Viewer debuted in 2010 thanne million ueries were run through it On the front lines f Big Data Aiden and Michel realized that this big dataset the Google Books archive that contains remarkable information n.
The problem with this book is that it gets boring uickly It discusses the creation f Google s N gram viewer and how it has been used to study history which would be great if the insights being generated were uniue But they aren t they are primarily reflections f what we already know I wish the book felt in depth and thoughtful Big Data isn t just analyzing what s happening right now It s used to analyze how we have changed ver time The authors use Google s ngram project to get insight into trends in culture through books and words in those books ver the last 300 years One amazing chapter described the measurable impact Death by Inferior Design on culture due to Nazip I saw Big Data in its title and I just had to grab it ff the library shelf Although it is a light read with slight ver 200 pages certain parts Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of the book felt pretty boring to me But maybe it is because I am not really into literature What I loved about the book was what it drewut from the entire process from ensuring the issues f copyrights practicalities f releasing the data to dealing with the messiness f the data problems with confounding factors and how these issues were addressedTowards the end there were noticeably highlights f some findings from this extremely large dataset A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of millions and millionsf digitalise books I would classify this book as The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified one where I needed to dig through some soil to get to the gold Re emphasize is that it was at least a light read Note I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewI find Google s Ngram Viewer a graphing tool that charts the freuencyf wordsphrases as they White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs occurver time in the books currently digitized by Google to be addictively fun and fascinating so I was thrilled to find ut that the creators wrote a book about it Uncharted starts ut with an Scab overviewf the natural selection survival In a World Created by a Drunken God of the fittestf irregular verbs which leads into the story behind the Ngram Viewer s development The rest Indo No Kao of the book delves into how studying the rise and fallf wordphrase usage through the Ngram Viewer can reveal things about ur history and culture including insights into fame censorship collective memory and language evolution and growth Ngram charts are integrated throughout to illustrate specific wordsphrases being discussed and there s also an appendix f some amusing Great Battles Giant Peach Yodel of History Ngram charts The concluding chapter explores possible future impacts and usesf big dataOverall an excellent uick read I appreciated that the authors present their findings as implications instead Sinai and Zion of Irrefutable Facts Notnly are they frank about the weaknesses and limitations f the Ngram Viewer such as how statistical bias false positives false negatives and ther data curveballs can skew the charted results but they also explain how they tried to avoid r diminish deceptive utcomes The authors writing is clear and easy to understand and has some humor sprinkled in to keep the detailed academic talk from getting too dry for a general audience I think academic minded readers would enjoy it too though it s a thought provoking look at history culture and language through the big data telescope lens f the Ngram Viewer If One f the greatest untapped resources Iniquity of today isn’tffshore il r natural gas it’s data Gigabytes exabytes that’s ne uintillion bytes f data are sitting Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) on servers across the world So how can we start to access this explosionf information this “big data” and what can it tell us Erez Aiden and Jean Baptiste Michel are two young scientists at Harvard who started to ask those uestions They teamed up with.
Arity grammar You would like it especially if you re interested in language words their usage grammar etc This was a fun and entertaining read It starts with a uniue set Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of data becoming available for the first time in human history As Google started to scan millionsf books into its digital library an pportunity arose to explore new perspectives n the dynamics Livin' de Life of cultural evolutionver the last couple The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of centuries It spawned a new branchf data science culturomics The first part Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of the book narrates how the authors two young scientists with a multidisciplinary background convinced Google to provide access to the data and how they prepared the dataset so as to avoid legal complications and maximise analytic accuracy Then they discuss how they tackled some tantalising research uestions How does a language grow and develop How do people become famous How does censorship work How does collective memory work How do technological inventions enterur cultural fabric This is uite instructive Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind on different levels One learns about the framing andperationalisation The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of tantalising data scientific challenges Then the insights into the dynamicsf cultural evolution are uite fascinating and not at all intuitive Finally I was surprised to learn about the startling contributions f many people I had never heard about George Kingsley Zipf Kristian Andvord Hermann Ebbinghaus Charlotte Salomon The book is told in a very sober sympathetic voice Very easy to follow but not at all condescending Recommended for people curious about what data science and big data can mean for the way we humans understand urselves I really should nly buy books at the airport I picked up Uncharterd because it had a subtitle with big data in it As my ffice has started looking at how to mine big data and how to visualize it I thought a how to book would help me get moving n understanding how to develop a plan Well the book failed miserably at that but then that was not it s intent This is ne f the most educational book I have read in years If I learned nothing I learned that if you have an idea you have to nurture it Others will say we don t do that you cannot do that r that does not exist They did not have the idea and hence they are not motivated to make it happen I also learned that when dealing with big data that you follow the data to learn You might learn early Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge on what you wanted to learn is really not what you needed to learn That understanding the riskf false positives and Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars other bias is than important it is absolutely essential The book reinforces my thought that technology is speeding everything up and making everything new again People post their livesn twitter Facebook instagram and then say they want privacy It is The Witches Ball only going to get worse and I honestly do not think we are going to put it in a bottle and sayops did not mean for that to happen We have had digital lives for about 25 years now we have not even seen the terrible two s yet This was a tough book for me Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book only because I kept expect it to deliver a formula which it never did Instead it delivered thoughts ideas perspective and for these reasons this is clearly a book worth reading Not too groundbreakingr anythin. The human experience had huge implications for looking at ur shared human history The tool they developed to delve into the data has enabled researchers to track how ur language has evolved ver time how art has been censored how fame can grow and fade how nations trend toward war How we remember and how we forget And ultimately how Big Data is changing the game for the sciences humanities politics business and ur cultu.