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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:43 pm    Post subject: control for Reply with quote

What does 'controlling for' mean? Is this a phrasal verb?

The News on the Web Corpus is run out of Brigham Young University by Mark Davies, and it also chose “fake news” as the word of the year based on data, looking at words that showed a big increase in use over the previous year and controlling for how often a word is or has been used in general. They found that in their corpus, “fake news” was used “more than five times as much in 2017 as it was in 2016,” so an even bigger increase than Collins saw.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When they controlled for how often a word is used, it means they took that into consideration so that it wouldn't interfere with the other calculations they were making.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorikeet, thank you very much.
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