Re: [Rd] typo in `eurodist'

From: Ted Harding <Ted.Harding_at_nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2005 - 18:58:07 GMT


On 08-Dec-05 Martin Maechler wrote:

>>>>>> "Torsten" == Torsten Hothorn <torsten@hothorn.de>
>>>>>>     on Thu, 8 Dec 2005 08:51:57 +0100 (CET) writes:

>
> Torsten> On Wed, 7 Dec 2005, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> >> I've often wondered about that.
> Torsten> and the copy editor did too :-)
>
> >> I've presumed that the names were
> >> deliberate, so have you checked the stated source? It's not
> >> readily available to me (as one would expect in Oxford)?
>
> Torsten> our library doesn't seems to have a copy of `The
> Torsten> Cambridge Encyclopaedia', so I can't check
> Torsten> either. Google has 74.900 hits for `Gibralta'
> Torsten> (more than one would expect for a typo, I think)
> Torsten> and 57.700.000 for `Gibraltar'.
>
> Torsten> So maybe both spellings are in use.
>
> Well, do you expect web authors to have a much lower rate of
> typos than 1:770 ?
> My limited experience on "google voting for spelling correction"
> has rather lowered my expectation on webauthors' education in
> orthography...
>
> Martin

Hmmm ... Using my Google's "Results ... of about xxx":

  Gibraltar 50,700,000

  Gibralta      75,200
  Gibraltr         573
  Gibralar         836
  Gibratar       1,020
  Gibrltar         349
  Gibaltar       1,850
  Giraltar         530
  Gbraltar         352
  ibralter         576

I'm not proposing to get exhaustive about this, but a few further experiments suggest that other specific typos are typically O(500) in frequency:

  Gibralatar 589
  Gibrlatar 618
  Gibrltar 349
  Gobraltar 652

So -- if anyone can find a typo of "Gibraltar" which googles to more than 5000 hits (excepting "Gibralta")?

Best wishes,
Ted.



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