Make Tech Easier: How to Search Ngram More Effectively with Google Ngram Viewer

Make Tech Easier: How to Search Ngram More Effectively with Google Ngram Viewer. “Google maintains a multilingual database of published language. By scanning books en masse, Google is able to process the text and provided statistical data-based frequency of word appearance. With the Google Ngram Viewer search tool, you can search through that voluminous statistical data rapidly and effectively. By comparing the relative popularity of words, you can map how language and culture have changed over time. Ngram can do much more than simply report word frequency within Google’s vast textual corpus, however.”

Playing with Words: Portmanteau & Rhyme Generator

For a given value of useful but I really liked it: Portmanteau & Rhyme Generator. From the site: “The code for generating the portmanteaus and rhymes can be found at the entendrepreneur-web github repository. This algorithm was presented at the NeurIPS 2018 Creativity and Design Workshop under the title ‘Entendrepreneur: Generating Humorous Portmanteaus using Word-Embeddings’, the associated conference paper can be found here. All credit for the code and the algorithm goes to Jonathan Simon.”

Psychology Today: Google and Facebook AI Make New Linguistics Discovery

Psychology Today: Google and Facebook AI Make New Linguistics Discovery. “How did human language emerge and evolve? The challenge to solving this mystery is largely due to the scantiness of empirical evidence. The other roadblock is time—it could take many years, even centuries, to observe and understand the patterns of emergence and evolution of natural language. Recently, researchers from Google AI, Facebook AI, and New York University deployed AI deep learning to simulate and understand the emergent phenomena of language, and released their findings in arXiv in January 2019.”

Twitter after high-profile events: how language impacts message engagement (Nevada Today)

Nevada Today: Twitter after high-profile events: how language impacts message engagement . “Using real-world Twitter and experimental data based on high-profile events, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno; Tulane University, and the University of Texas at Austin, found that heightened causal uncertainty increases individuals’ liking and sharing of messages that consist of more abstract (versus concrete) language.”

ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty

ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty. “Oxford Dictionaries gave us toxic. For the Collins, it was single-use. The American Dialect Society chose tender-age shelter. It’s word of the year season, and the Australian votes are in.”

Wired: Google’s New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation

Wired: Google’s New Interpreter Mode Translates Your Conversation. “…Google is trying to outsource another human-to-human interaction: the kind that occurs between a person who works in hospitality and a guest who speaks a different language. A new feature in Google Assistant, called Interpreter Mode, turns the virtual assistant into a real-time language translator between two people who are trying to chat in the same physical space. It starts rolling out today on Google-powered smart displays and smart speakers.”