Word Bursts

New Scientist writes about how “word bursts” could be used to identify online trends.

Searching for sudden “bursts” in the usage of particular words could be used to rapidly identify new trends and sort information more efficiently, says Jon Kleinberg, at Cornell University in New York, who has developed computer algorithms that identify bursts of word use in documents.

While other popular search techniques simply count the number of words or phrases in documents, Kleinberg’s approach also takes into account the rate at which the word usage increases.

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Think of this in the context of blogs as Wordex: analyse weblogs to see what are the emerging trends. Its something we should look at in BlogStreet.

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