28.6.06

Time is my everything

Following on from DCM’s post regarding the 25 most popular nouns, I thought it would be interesting to see how relatively popular those nouns are on Google. The table below ranks the 25 words from most to least popular (as purported by Oxford), and gives their Google hits and their rankings in terms of Google hits.


It’s quite interesting that there seems to be almost no correlation between the two ranks. Calculating the statistical correlation between the ranks yields a measly 0.11 (1 being perfect and -1 being perfectly opposite, and zero being no linear relationship), which is statistically insignificant. Will the correlation one day be 1?

Another interesting thread in the Top25 is the occurrence of words denoting periods of time or time itself, i.e. time, year, day and week. They make up a whopping 23% of all the Google hits above. Well, yesterday they did.

3 comments:

dcm said...

Thanks for the effort, b. I enjoy the behavioural information revealed by search engines.

hein said...

well then you will enjoy google zeitgeist: http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist.html

Anonymous said...

Hmm I love the idea behind this website, very unique.
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