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Some amusing (and meaningless) statistics October 8, 2011

Posted by Ezra Resnick in Computer science, Math.
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Google’s Ngram Viewer allows you to explore trends in the occurrence of chosen phrases in books over time. For instance, this graph shows the frequencies of the words “religion” (blue), “faith” (red), and “science” (green) in English books during the last two centuries:

This awesome technology can be a great research tool, of course; but allow me to amuse myself instead…

This is not a graph of the quadratic and exponential functions.

This is not a graph of the sine function.

This graph does not demonstrate Moore's Law.

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