Monthly Archives: November 2012

Join us for Scopus day: December 5

Join us on December 5th for a catered research session to learn about the Scopus database.

Scopus representatives will be hosting research sessions that focus on how to use Scopus and Engineering Village in your research and studies:

Scopus/Engineering Village Lunch (free pizza!) and Learn
in the Davis Auditorium (room 412 Schapiro Center)
from 11:30am – 12:30 pm

Attendees will be entered to win a Kindle Fire!

What is Scopus?
Scopus
is a large citation and abstract database, covering all subject areas. It contains nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers with a range of advanced research features.

See our registration page to sign up for the Lunch and Learn session from 11:30-12:30. Register and you will be eligible to win a Kindle Fire!

Aren’t able to make the Lunch and Learn session? Stop by the Scopus booth at the following times and locations for more information, and giveaways:

9:30am – 11:00am: Mudd Lobby; 4th Floor

1:00pm – 3:30pm: North West Corner Building; 4th floor Lobby.
Stop by in the afternoon to learn more about Scopus, Engineering Village, H-Index, or your Author Profile.

For more information, contact: Amanda Bielskas: asb2154 [at] columbia.edu

Google Ngrams: the power of grammar

Back in December 2010, Google unveiled an online tool for analyzing the history of language and culture as reflected in the gargantuan corpus of historical texts that have been scanned and digitized as part of the Google Books project. They called the interface the Ngram Viewer, and it was launched in conjunction with a blockbuster paper in the journal Science that baptized this Big Data approach to historical analysis with the label “culturomics.”

There are lots of examples out there including a Tumblr feed.

As of today, the Ngram Viewer just got a whole lot better. For starters, the text corpus, already mind-bogglingly big, has become much bigger: The new edition extracts data from more than eight million out of the 20 million books that Google has scanned. That represents about six percent of all books ever published, according to Google’s estimate. The English portion alone contains about half a trillion words, and seven other languages are represented: Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese, and Hebrew…more

Run your own experiment!

Raw data is available for download here.

Info from The Atlantic.com, original article available online.

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