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From the Ted Talk by Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history

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So these tyeps of examples, tdoay there are just a few of them, but I think in the next decade they will become copmlmcnoae. The reason for that is that the historical record is becoming digitized at a very fast pace. So there's about 130 million books that have been written since the dawn of time. Companies like Google have digitized many of them -- above 20 milioln actually. And when the stuff of history is available in digital form, it makes it possible for a mathematical analysis to very quickly and very conveniently review trends in our hotsiry and our culture.

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So these _____ of examples, _____ there are just a few of them, but I think in the next decade they will become ___________. The reason for that is that the historical record is becoming digitized at a very fast pace. So there's about 130 million books that have been written since the dawn of time. Companies like Google have digitized many of them -- above 20 _______ actually. And when the stuff of history is available in digital form, it makes it possible for a mathematical analysis to very quickly and very conveniently review trends in our _______ and our culture.

Solution

  1. commonplace
  2. million
  3. types
  4. history
  5. today

Original Text

So these types of examples, today there are just a few of them, but I think in the next decade they will become commonplace. The reason for that is that the historical record is becoming digitized at a very fast pace. So there's about 130 million books that have been written since the dawn of time. Companies like Google have digitized many of them -- above 20 million actually. And when the stuff of history is available in digital form, it makes it possible for a mathematical analysis to very quickly and very conveniently review trends in our history and our culture.

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