Concordance... for the love of words and stats

29 Apr 2005 - 3:46pm
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ldebett
2004

This is interesting... Amazon has this new feature:

*Concordance*

Concordance is an alphabetized list of the most frequently occurring words
in a book, excluding common words such as "of" and "it." The font size of a
word is proportional to the number of times it occurs in the book. Hover
your mouse over a word to see how many times it occurs, or click on a word
to see a list of book excerpts containing that word.

I discovered it when I moused over the front cover image on the book page.
It brought me to this page:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/sitb-next/1558609350/ref=sbx_con/104-2292831-0944739?%5Fencoding=UTF8#concordance

Interesting... maybe gives some insights into the book's focus? Maybe a
programmer with too much time on his hands? Thoughts?

~Lisa

Comments

29 Apr 2005 - 3:57pm
Marijke Rijsberman
2004

A concordance is like an index on steroids and it's meant to help you find
quotes in a book. They have typically been too expensive to produce for
regular books and are available only for such perennial classics as the
bible and Shakespeare's plays.

I don't see how it would help a customer in a buying decision, so I'm not
sure how Amazon can justify providing such a service, but it certainly is an
extremely helpful tool.

marijke

29 Apr 2005 - 3:59pm
Dave Malouf
2005

On 4/29/05 4:46 PM, "Lisa deBettencourt" <ldebett at gmail.com> wrote:

> I discovered it when I moused over the front cover image on the book page.
> It brought me to this page:
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/sitb-next/1558609350/ref=sbx_con/104-2292831-
> 0944739?%5Fencoding=UTF8#concordance

What I really like are these two stats:
Words/Dollar: 3,528
Words/Ounce: 3,982

Wow! Would that mean that you pay for books by the ounce? Those numbers are
pretty darn close, no?

-- dave

David Heller
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29 Apr 2005 - 4:07pm
Dave Malouf
2005

On 4/29/05 4:57 PM, "Marijke Rijsberman" <marijke at interfacility.com> wrote:

> I don't see how it would help a customer in a buying decision, so I'm not
> sure how Amazon can justify providing such a service, but it certainly is an
> extremely helpful tool.

Maybe they are using the newest design methodology:
http://ok-cancel.com/

Or maybe they are showing off some new technology that can be applied in
other ways among their search customers.

-- dave

David Heller
http://synapticburn.com/
http://ixdg.org
dave at ixdg.org
dave at synapticburn.com
AIM: bolinhanyc || Y!: dave_ux || MSN: hippiefunk at hotmail.com

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