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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Schmidt has ingeniously done is take two of today’s most popular TV shows – Mad Men and Downton Abbey – and check their dialogue for historical accuracy against millions of texts published over the last few hundred years. (For example, apparently even the phrase “I need to”, so common in Mad Men, is not something that people said in the 1960s ).

This study was made possible with Google’s Ngram viewer. As we discussed about a year ago, Ngram allows you to chart …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As regular readers of this blog know, there is nothing we like more than discussing strange and new types of crowdsourcing. From weird music-related experiments to the incidence of expressions such as “I need to” during the Mad Men era , we try to keep you informed with what is going on across our industry.

Every now and then, however, we use this forum to talk …

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