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Questions tagged [ngrams]

Questions about Google's NGram corpus visualiser

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How reliable is Ngram?

Ngram seems to be more authoritative than the Periodic Table here on EL&U. As someone with more than a passing interest in the language, I wanted to know how good Ngram is. And on Wikipedia, of ...
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How accurate is Google Ngram as a language reference source?

This may be a stupid question to ask, and maybe I will be chastised for not doing the research myself, but recently I have been having doubts on the validity of Ngram charts. Let me explain where my ...
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Should we allow Google NGrams to be presented as statistical evidence without qualification? Should we define a set of standards for their usage?

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." — Benjamin Disraeli, attr. by Mark Twain "If you torture the data long enough, it will confess." — Ronald Coase For some time now,...
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Which is more trustworthy as a source for UK usages: Google Ngrams or the British National Corpus?

This question was inspired by the comment/chat discussion under this answer. This would be very helpful to know.
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Google Ngrams for the web (not just books)

Google Ngrams is a great resource for provenance tracking of words and phrases in published English books. It is essentially a histogram computer for frequency of word use over the date which allows ...
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How do I insert an actual NGram chart into my post?

I know how to include basic hyperlinks, and usually I think that's all I want. But sometimes I'd like to include an actual graph, especially if much of my answer text relates to that graph. Edit 27/...