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August 01, 2005

More Information from Amazon.Com

Having previously given the world the Statistically Improbable Phrase, Amazon has now come up with some new analysis to soak up the CPU cycles: Capitalized Phrases, Books on Related Topics, Concordance, and Text Stats. The Concordance and Text Stats are particular fascinating. For example the concordance for the book Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step shows the most popular word is "project", followed by "task", "resource", "click", and "work" (I wonder if Amazon has a patent on "showing a concordance indicating frequency of words via font size"). The Text Stats shows the Fog, Flesch, and Flesch-Kincard Indices, as well as complexity, character/word/sentence counts, and the "Fun stats" of words per dollar and words per ounce.

The Project 2003 book has 6466 WPD and 3186 WPO. I don't know if those are good deals or not. By comparison, Who Moved My Cheese? has 1020 WPD and 1632 WPO. A paperback of War and Peace has an astonishing 53,181 WPD (no WPO, I guess because there's no weight listed). Green Eggs and Ham, which famously was written with only 50 unique words, shows a concordance of only 25 words (dang, I was thinking maybe the site would crash on a book with fewer than 100 words), with "eat" in front with 25 occurences, and "green", "eggs" and "ham" all tied (not surprisingly) with 11 each. You only get 63 WPD, but isn't your little moppet worth it?

UPDATE: Changed The Cat in the Hat to Green Eggs and Ham--makes a little more sense that way.

Posted by AdamBa at August 1, 2005 01:14 PM

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Interestingly enough on the green eggs and ham link, one of the top 25 words is "ti". Curious about where it appeared, I clicked on "ti", but it couldn't find the word in the book.

Posted by: Dewey at pobox at August 3, 2005 07:21 AM