Ngrams: when Statistics overtook Mathematics

The Internet is abuzz (1 2 3)with Google’s Ngrams Viewer which allows to track frequency of usage of words and short phrases in “lots of books” from 1500 to 2008, in six languages.

It would be easy to spend hours playing at these data. Here is a quick look at when Statistics (rightfully) overtook Mathematics, in English and in French books:

Statistics overtook Mathematics half-a-century earlier in English than it did in French. I wonder what caused the bump in French around 1960.

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One Response to “Ngrams: when Statistics overtook Mathematics”

  1. xi'an Says:

    1960 may be the time when Analyse des DonnĂ©es became popular in French research. But this sounds a bit early….

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