N-grams and metaphor maps, marking rubrics and lists of award winners all have a common theme: extracting objective facts from data about intersubjective entities. We can add to that list voting systems as well.
The net effect is, I believe, a way in which the nature and boundaries of science are changing in a world in which data collection and data structures become more common place. We can discover facts about purely invented things. Arguably this has always been the case with mathematics but now we have more definite cases.