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Stats on Using Frequency of Some Words (Model etc.) by Google Scholar in 2000-2011

Description

The using frequency in literature, especially in the title of articles, is an objective reflection of the importance to a word. The Google Scholar has a quite great and neutral mother data, It is very well to such the statistical investigations.

To observe the using frequency of “model” and other some general words in literature, there are two group words are selected:

  • Model group: model, models, modeling, modelling
  • Other general or neutral terms: information, data, system, method, methodology, about, towards

We use Google Scholar to get the search result for each word with the same conditions as follow:

  • with all of the words: <string of a word> (one by one)
  • where my words occur: in the title of the article (allintitle: <string of a word>)
  • return articles dated between: <year> – <year> (range: one year)
  • include patents: yes
  • include citations: no

All of the selected words are searched on Google Scholar one by one, here is an example:

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_ylo=2000&as_yhi=2000&q=allintitle%3A+model&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_vis=1

About 85,500 results (0.05 sec)

All the date gotten in table 1. and table 2., completed on 2012-08-17.

Analysis

According to the data, we can see, in the year 2000 – 2011

  1. compare the stats of Model group (model, models, modeling or modelling) with data, information, representation, software, system, methodology, at least, it can be roughly seen that the importance or weight in academic work; (for more convincing results, we need to select more representative words systematically)
  2. the model relevant work (i.e., the title with one of the words in Model group) shown a quick upward trend, the number from 115,540 (2000) up to 190,400 (2011) per year, the rate of growth more than all of other single word;
  3. although it had a little declined in recent a few years, the frequency of model is still more than all of other words;
  4. in contrast of above, the previous high frequency words system and method are rapid declined and lower than model in 2011;
  5. in contrast of the wave of model, models, especially modelling and modelling are shown a quite steady and clear upward trend, there may be some relationships to methodological topics.

Table 1.

Year model models modeling modelling model(all)
2000 85,500 11,900 12,000 6,140 115,540
2001 89,600 14,200 13,800 5,370 122,970
2002 109,000 14,300 12,700 7,640 143,640
2003 112,000 16,000 16,500 7,390 151,890
2004 105,000 18,800 18,700 8,490 150,990
2005 120,000 23,600 27,500 8,680 179,780
2006 118,000 27,000 32,100 9,980 187,080
2007 120,000 34,600 40,700 11,800 207,100
2008 105,000 34,800 40,900 11,500 192,200
2009 93,700 36,400 43,100 12,500 185,700
2010 79,100 36,600 48,200 11,500 175,400
2011 88,400 38,700 49,400 13,900 190,400

Table 2.

Year data information representation software
2000 42,700 18,300 2,610 5,010
2001 61,500 26,200 2,670 6,400
2002 69,500 32,400 2,500 7,060
2003 70,900 38,200 3,370 8,190
2004 77,500 52,200 3,630 10,600
2005 68,900 56,700 4,080 9,590
2006 73,000 65,900 4,400 12,900
2007 82,000 61,300 4,830 12,600
2008 79,100 54,800 5,070 13,500
2009 67,400 64,600 5,300 14,000
2010 71,400 56,200 4,970 16,200
2011 58,900 61,500 6,000 16,200

Table 3.

Year system method methodology about towards
2000 195,000 200,000 2,390 6,060 4,660
2001 213,000 231,000 2,830 7,110 5,550
2002 195,000 206,000 2,710 8,660 6,410
2003 198,000 184,000 3,160 9,790 6,550
2004 187,000 151,000 4,050 10,600 8,530
2005 158,000 149,000 3,720 10,600 9,770
2006 174,000 141,000 4,180 13,200 10,100
2007 138,000 118,000 5,010 13,800 12,200
2008 114,000 92,500 4,849 17,400 12,300
2009 101,000 101,000 5,810 17,500 14,700
2010 98,800 79,200 5,890 15,400 15,000
2011 86,000 77,900 7,120 17,400 18,700
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About TY

interested in models & modeling, software, information systems, applications & engineering for enterprises

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Stats on Using Frequency of Some Words (Model etc.) by Google Scholar in 2000-2011

  1. wondering about the decline of “method”. Perhaps due to the rise of agility, where people often try to avoid “method”.
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    Posted by modelpractice | August 21, 2012, 23:03
    • >wondering about the decline of “method”.
      – I’m surprised too, and it seems there is an obvious positive correlation between “method” and “system”.
      >Perhaps due to the rise of agility, where people often try to avoid “method”.
      – agile, XP? fantastic argument but I believe that ;-)

      Posted by TY | August 22, 2012, 13:04

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