Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Statistically Improbable Phrases

There's some brouhaha over Amazon's new feature: Statistically Improbable Phrases. I can't see them, but according to one of the elite, they're located right at the top of the individual book pages.

The Search-Inside feature is really neat. It'll be a really useful tool when one tackles big novels - for example, the part of that Stanford guy's thesis on Infinite Jest when he discusses Wallace's use of the word "pirouettes" (and how it shows the parabolic structure of the book) would have been so much easier to write if he could only have searched inside the book for that phrase.