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Socionomics and Google Trends
Old 10-22-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Socionomics and Google Trends

My brother sends me a monthly newsletter which has to do with wave patterns and social behavior, with every issue another gloom and doom prediction. I take it with a grain of salt, but I thought I should run some phrases through "Google Trends" and see if there is any increase in certain adverse topics.

For example, attached are a few Google Trends for different phrases used in Google searches by users over the past 5 - 8 years. The phrases I entered are ones which I feel might be popular based on some of the things I see happening around me (for example more robberies on the news, depressed people, money problems, people feeling overworked, etc.). I found the results pretty much what I expected.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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What's the y-axis? is it a normalized measure or absolute counts of search queries?
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:02 PM   #3
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Reminds me of the building blocks for the predictions in Heinlein's Future History books. Freaky. Perhaps closer than we thought.
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What's the y-axis? is it a normalized measure or absolute counts of search queries?
Seems to be normalized for each chart. It would be nice if they showed number of searches.
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