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Amazon's SIPs
Sunday, April 10, 2005

It's too geeky by a half, but Amazon's new Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs) seem like an interesting idea:

Amazon.com's Statistically Improbable Phrases, or "SIPs", show you the interesting, distinctive, or unlikely phrases that occur in the text of books in Search Inside the Book. Our computers scan the text of all books in the Search Inside program. If they find a phrase that occurs a large number of times in a particular book relative to how many times it occurs across all Search Inside books, that phrase is a SIP in that book.

I like what having lots of data can do for you. This ability to leverage off of the collective outcome of normal behaviors reminds me somehow of the social insects like bees and ants. We each do what we do and a pattern emerges.


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