Unpopularity of Hyperdeterminants According to Google

October 3, 2008

It is obvious that hyperdeterminants are not well known amongst mathematicians, but just how unpopular are they? One way to test this question is to count the number of entries that google reports for the word hyperdeterminant as compared to other purely mathematical terms. So here is a selected league table according to google

  1. algebra 28,300,000
  2. determinant 7,670,000
  3. polynomial 6,990,000
  4. quadratic 6,120,000
  5. tensor 6,100,000
  6. elliptic 4,170.000
  7. tetrahedron 2,190,000
  8. discriminant 1,940,000
  9. toric 1,780,000
  10. hypergeometric 1,360,000
  11. covariant 1,020,000
  12. polyhedron 963,000
  13. cohomology 951,000
  14. automorphism 600,000
  15. functor 584,000
  16. quaternion 469,000
  17. hyperbola 411,000
  18. quartic 391,000
  19. diophantine 369,000
  20. multilinear 334,000
  21. polytope 294,000
  22. dodecahredon 278,000
  23. endomorphism 204,000
  24. pseudodifferential 202,000
  25. contravariant 162,000
  26. grassmanian 105,000
  27. cobordism 79,000
  28. pfaffian 56,200
  29. profinite 36,600
  30. octonion 33,000
  31. antiprism 30,100
  32. circumsphere 11,100
  33. zonohedra 4,770
  34. disphenoid 4,620
  35. hyperdeterminant  4,480
  36. cubicuboctahedron 745

Obviously I have used a very random selection of terms but it illustrates just how unpopular hyperdeterminants are. Only the most obscure geometric terms are less common. Hyperdeterminants are rich in structure and properties and there are many mysteries and unsolved problems related to them. Their neglect makes them all the more interesting to study.

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2 Responses to “Unpopularity of Hyperdeterminants According to Google”


  1. […] way to understand an unfamiliar concept is to relate it to a more familiar one. According to the Google unpopularity test, hyperdeterminants are 400 times more unpopular than discriminants, but there is a close relation […]


  2. […] May 16, 2010 I am sure you all remember how I looked into the unpopularity of the word “Hyperdetermiant” according to the returns from a google search. It came second from bottom in a random list of […]


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