July 2013

ngramr – an R package for Google Ngrams

16 July 2013

The recent post How common are common words? made use of unusually explicit language for the Stubborn Mule. As expected, a number of email subscribers reported that the post fell foul of their email filters. Here I will return to the topic of n-grams, while keeping the language cleaner, and describe the R package I […]

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Poll Dancing

15 July 2013

With elections looming, and Kevin Rudd’s return to power, it is time for our regular guest blogger, James, to pull out his beer coaster calculator and take a closer look at the polls.  It is really that time again. Australian election fever has risen. Though in this case it feels like we have been here […]

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How common are common words?

11 July 2013

One of my favourite podcasts is Slate’s Lexicon Valley. All about language, it is rigorous and detailed in its approach to the subject, which appeals to the closet academic in me, but also extremely entertaining. It is a sign of a good podcast to find yourself bursting out laughing while walking down a busy city […]

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