Language Contributions to Subjects

For my first data exploration of the booklists, I started by looking at the subject trends of books from 1850–1922.  Unsurprisingly, there is a general increase in publications for all subjects due to advances in printing technologies.  I measured each subject’s presence in print culture based on the sum of the number of words and the number of publications.  Both are nearly identical.  I could’ve made a mistake in the code, but the graphs have different scales for the y-axis.

Because that graph wasn’t interesting, I focused on which languages were producing texts for each subject.  I limited the languages to French, German, Italian, and Spanish.  German overtakes French as the most published language for the Art, Science, Technology, Music, Medicine, and Economics during the span of this graph.  I wouldn’t have guessed, though, that French was a more common language for Military Science publications right before WWI.
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I’ve added a part of my Faulknerian random walk generator because I really liked it.  I added some punctuation and ellipses to make it look modern.  The modernists loved ellipses.
book_lengthbook_lengththe head of one mule appears, its eyes roll with soft, fleet, wild opaline fire; its muscles bunch and run at it, because jewel is quiet now. “up your…” i said, “thought it would take a rawhiding for thinking they meant it.” but the courthouse lifts among the pine clumps blotched up the ford, used to be enclosed in a cage in jackson where,his grimed hands lying light in a greek frieze, isolated out of him, trying to catch her. “darl catch her darl catch her” darl says. pa says, “reckon i better do.” pa says, “cash does not look back when she finds me watching her, her eyes and face kind of… kind of lived.” one part used no more than you can ride down. dewey dell says, “leaning above the edge of the minds of the…” cash says, “kind of pop eyes like she says she…

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