Google Books Ngram Viewer

Graph these comma-separated phrases:
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between and from the corpus with smoothing of .  
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1700 - 1780 1781 - 1831 1832 - 1847 1848 - 1968 1969 - 2008 own device English
1700 - 1821 1822 - 1947 1948 - 1965 1966 - 1987 1988 - 2008 own devising English

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