Monday, February 7, 2011

Google's Ngram Viewer - Expatriate versus Foreigner

I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with Google's new Ngram Viewer which lets users find out how often a word occurs in the millions of books they have scanned.

Have a look at Expatriate versus Foreigner. What does this tell us?

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=expatriate%2Cforeigner&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

Cost of living peaked during the Great Depression
http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=cost+of+living&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3

Try your own experiments.