Stories What is the Internet asking Google about an Orchestra?

By Ricky O’Bannon

Google can be a wealth of knowledge not only for the answers it suggests to our questions but also in showing us what questions others are asking.

Google’s predictive search or “auto-complete” algorithm stores search data based on keywords of previous searches to make suggestions. The result of this algorithm is that we have the ability to search but to see what others have searched. Recently the search function has been used as a data resource to show how Google users describe each state (for example, “Maryland is…”) or what describers think each state wants.

In the case of the orchestra, Google’s suggested search function does give an interesting insight into what the Internet wants to know about different orchestra musicians, and apparently, they are really curious about how well brass players kiss.

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