3.8 Weighted Frequency of Pages

Again, the frequency graphs are dominated by the topics popular with Mind in its early years.

A plot showing the importance of all topics over time on a single graph, as measured by weighted frequency of pages. The underlying data is in Table B.7. It is mostly a mess of dots that doesn't show very much, but what information can be gleaned by looking is described in the text below.

Figure 3.17: All ninety topics—weighted frequency of pages.

There is psychology, then idealism dominates, then there is ordinary language philosophy, and the rest is almost all just noise. (Except for a burst of interest in norms at the end.) It’s a bit clearer if we graph the ninety topics distinctly, but not a lot.

The same data as above, but with each topic shown as a separate facet

Figure 3.18: The ninety topics - Weighted Frequency of Pages (Faceted)

And it’s a bit clearer still if we restrict to the last seventy-five years and animate it, but still not particularly useful.

These graphs aren’t particularly informative, but we’ll end with some graphs that may if anything be less informative.