Rap Genius, the website most famous for its detailed hip-hop annotations, launched an experimental new website yesterday that analyzes an entirely different form of media – the New York Times Weddings Section. Rap Genius’ engineering team created Wedding Crunchers, a searchable database of over 60,000 Times wedding announcements from 1981 to 2013.
The site uses n-gram computational language and was heaving influenced by the Google Books n-gram viewer. Like Google’s viewer, Wedding Crunchers searches for a desired word or phrase and displays a graph that visualizes how its usage has risen and fallen over the past 30+ years. The Times’s wedding section is rigidly structured (a standardized form must be filled out to announce a wedding in the Times), which means much of the same information will be in every announcement.
This makes it is possible to easily measure the frequency of common phrases, such as... keep reading