They looked at 637 distinct Austronesian languages, which span the Pacific from the Philippines to Hawaii. They would start, for example, with the word for "star." In Fijian, the word is kalokalo. In Pazeh, a Taiwanese aboriginal language, it's mintol. People who speak the Bornean tongue of Melanau call it biten, and those who speak the Filipino dialect called Inabaknon know it as bitu'on. The root word, from which all of these languages evolved, is bituquen. The computer deduced that correctly.