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The Resource Uncharted : big data as a lens on human culture, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

Uncharted : big data as a lens on human culture, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel

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Uncharted : big data as a lens on human culture
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Uncharted
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big data as a lens on human culture
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Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel
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eng
Summary
  • " "One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists." - Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature Our society has gone from writing snippets of information by hand to generating a vast flood of 1s and 0s that record almost every aspect of our lives: who we know, what we do, where we go, what we buy, and who we love. This year, the world will generate 5 zettabytes of data. (That's a five with twenty-one zeros after it.) Big data is revolutionizing the sciences, transforming the humanities, and renegotiating the boundary between industry and the ivory tower. What is emerging is a new way of understanding our world, our past, and possibly, our future. In Uncharted, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel tell the story of how they tapped into this sea of information to create a new kind of telescope: a tool that, instead of uncovering the motions of distant stars, charts trends in human history across the centuries. By teaming up with Google, they were able to analyse the text of millions of books. The result was a new field of research and a scientific tool, the Google Ngram Viewer, so groundbreaking that its public release made the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and so addictive that Mother Jones called it "the greatest timewaster in the history of the internet." Using this scope, Aiden and Michel-and millions of users worldwide-are beginning to see answers to a dizzying array of once intractable questions. How quickly does technology spread? Do we talk less about God today? When did people start "having sex" instead of "making love"? At what age do the most famous people become famous? How fast does grammar change? Which writers had their works most effectively censored by the Nazis? When did the spelling "donut" start replacing the venerable "doughnut"? Can we predict the future of human history? Who is better known-Bill Clinton or the rutabaga? All over the world, new scopes are popping up, using big data to quantify the human experience at the grandest scales possible. Yet dangers lurk in this ocean of 1s and 0s-threats to privacy and the spectre of ubiquitous government surveillance. Aiden and Michel take readers on a voyage through these uncharted waters"--
  • "Breaking open Big Data, two Harvard scientists reveal a ground-breaking way of looking at history and culture"--
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Identifying data as one of the world's greatest untapped resources, two Harvard scientists who with Google created the Ngram Viewer reveal how the powerful web-based search tool has identified compelling cultural trends that impacting current understandings in science, the humanities, politics and business
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10231880
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Aiden, Erez
Dewey number
302.231
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no index present
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non fiction
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Michel, Jean-Baptiste
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  • Big data
  • Science
  • Culture
  • Internet
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adult
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big data as a lens on human culture
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Uncharted : big data as a lens on human culture, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel
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volume
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text
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000052189616
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280 pages 20 cm.
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9781594487453
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(hardback)
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Uncharted : big data as a lens on human culture, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel
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volume
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text
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000052189616
Extent
280 pages 20 cm.
Isbn
9781594487453
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(hardback)

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