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Counting Word Incidences

Chris Ledgard looks at what counting the incidences of words can tell us - from whether a writer has Alzheimer's, to who wrote Macbeth and even how to read the mood of the country.

Chris Ledgard looks at what counting the incidences of words can tell us - from whether a writer has Alzheimer's, to who really wrote Macbeth and even how to read the mood of the country. With the advent of computers it's possible to find patterns in texts, and to use that information for applications like web translation and anti-plagiarism software. And David Quantick rounds things off with a more human analysis of the most frequently used words in pop music.
Producer Beth O'Dea.

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