Few ‘Computer Science’ searches in English? I guess I’ll start writing in TagalogOctober 25th, 2011 by Michael Jasper
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I have observed an interesting trend on Google Trends that leads me to believe that perhaps I should be less concerned with the subject matter of my content, and perhaps more with the language I communicate it in.
There seem to be few searches coming out of the United States && || in English for advanced computer science topics. As an example: a Google Trend search for “genetic algorithm”
Look for yourself: These similar searches get nearly identical results:
I performed some number crunching on the export files Google Trends provides, and gained a bit more insight:
For example: in the Google Trend search for “Data Structures,” Tagalog takes the 1st spot, and English the 2nd. However, the weight between the two languages is 1:0.405
|language||Average||dynamic programming||Graph Theory||Functional Programming||Artificial Intelligence||Data Structures|
So whats the point?
As an English speaker, United States citizen, and programmer, I’m pretty inclined to believe that English is the language of programming. In fact, observing the programming world lends me to this same conclusion:
- Every programming language I’ve used or encountered is written in English
- Documentation is in English
- Programming tools (compilers, IDEs, servers…) written in English
Have the creators of programming content missed the language boat on content? I don’t believe so. While few native English speakers understand Tagalog, it seems possible that a majority of native Tagalog speakers understand English. However, this whole revelation of the language and locations of search queries makes me re-think some of the assumptions that I have make in writing technical material, such as the use of humor, assumption of similar situations, idioms, etc…
So, when you write your next blog post, be sure to say Pagbati! to most of your visitors.