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Statistically Improbable Phrases in SF

Tenser blog has an interesting post about Amazon’s new search feature which looks for Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs), defined by Amazon as “the most distinctive phrases in the text of books in the Search Inside! program”.

The interesting thing about the Tenser post is that they went back to a list of Hugo Winning Books and documented all the corresponding SIPs by trolling Amazon. Sadly, most of the Hugo books are not searchable by Amazon, but the ones that are yield some curious results. It’s kinda fun to see if the resulting phrases trigger any memories of the book.

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1 Comment on Statistically Improbable Phrases in SF

  1. Funny thing. For Big Time from Leiber, which I’ve read, the SIP ‘his tentacles’ makes me think of the movie Better Off Dead…

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