May 28, 2004

WhG/gp and other problems of quantification

This morning I checked the web for uptake on Geoff Pullum's proposal that the measure of (document) frequency on the web should be denominated whG/gp, i.e. "web hits on Google per gigapage". I didn't find evidence of mass buy-in, though it's far too early to tell. But once I got past all the hits associated with the Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Göppingen, whose domain name is "", I did find this post by Russ Barnes at apostropher.

Russ is also worried that the British may be catching up to the U.S. in wingnuttery. I would have guessed that our U.K. cousins were way ahead, but I've never seen a quantitative study.

Posted by Mark Liberman at May 28, 2004 11:35 AM