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Web phrase occurrences

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Quick post while I get back to work. Someone please help me here…

There are two things I mainly use Google for:

  1. Searching for pages related to a particular something. This is the most common, and intended, use of Google.
  2. Searching for all occurrences of a particular phrase, or more generally a pattern. This might be to compare numbers and compile statistics, or to find what context the phrase is most often used in, or find what are the most common phrases using that pattern.

For example, I just thought of the “My dad can beat up your dad” phrase, and searched Google for “my * can beat up your *”. (Click on link, and see results for yourselves.)

Someone should already have developed a tool/library for using Google (or any other search tool) for doing this, right? Why haven’t I found it yet? Maybe I should contact the “X is the new Y” people… Tell me if you’ve found such a tool.

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X is the new Y:
Original(?) diagram,
Updates, Updates on updates,
Wikipedia.

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Written by S

Sun, 2008-02-17 at 15:51:48 +05:30

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  1. k.. This just has to be done… I will do it as soon as I get some free time… Sounds pretty easy.

    anshul

    Sun, 2008-02-17 at 17:53:56 +05:30

  2. jamin

    Wed, 2008-04-16 at 16:38:19 +05:30

  3. Jamin: Nice, thanks :)
    I edited the comment to fix some links WordPress was screwing up.

    S

    Wed, 2008-04-16 at 17:58:57 +05:30


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