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Update on Popularity of “Hyperdeterminant”

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 mathematical terms.

That was nearly two years ago so I thought it would be interesting to recount and see how things have changed. Here is the results showing the count then and now along with the percentage rise

cubicuboctahedron 745 3790 408.72%
hyperdeterminant 4480 20700 362.05%
antiprism 30100 116000 285.38%
disphenoid 4620 16900 265.80%
circumsphere 11100 31700 185.59%
profinite 36600 101000 175.96%
octonion 33000 74800 126.67%
zonohedra 4770 10800 126.42%
multilinear 334000 743000 122.46%
grassmanian 105000 176000 67.62%
endomorphism 204000 288000 41.18%
functor 584000 822000 40.75%
pseudodifferential 202000 284000 40.59%
hyperbola 411000 571000 38.93%
quartic 391000 508000 29.92%
quadratic 6120000 7380000 20.59%
tensor 6100000 7220000 18.36%
hypergeometric 1360000 1600000 17.65%
tetrahedron 2190000 2560000 16.89%
polynomial 6990000 7820000 11.87%
automorphism 600000 668000 11.33%
contravariant 162000 178000 9.88%
dodecahedron 278000 302000 8.63%
quaternion 469000 492000 4.90%
elliptic 4170000 4280000 2.64%
pfaffian 56200 54600 -2.85%
cobordism 79000 74700 -5.44%
determinant 7670000 7240000 -5.61%
discriminant 1940000 1800000 -7.22%
diophantine 369000 323000 -12.47%
polyhedron 963000 830000 -13.81%
algebra 28300000 22500000 -20.49%
cohomology 951000 753000 -20.82%
covariant 1020000 793000 -22.25%
polytope 294000 228000 -22.45%
toric 1780000 1270000 -28.65%

As you can readily see “hyperdeterminant” is the second fastest riser! It is now merely fourth from the bottom when ordered by word count.

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