by Tyler Cowen
on May 10, 2006 at 5:56 pm
Your new toy. Try "economics, physics". Three of the top four cities doing the searches are in India.
Who googles “economics”? No, really?
I have my little pet theory that says that you can tell a lot about a person by the degree of rafinement and specificity he puts into his search queries. By that standards, don’t fear outsourcing yet.
For comparison, try searching for “ANOVA”, “p-value” or “price theory”. For a conterexample to my claim, we can try “game theory”. 🙂
they didn’t show up at all for ‘nuclear’
More than 15 minutes:
Interestingly, a large part of the Muslim world dominates the rankings for the word ‘sex’.
No Iran boost…
Looks like a big spike in “politics” around the U.S. election season in late 2004.
Note that 4 of the top 5 cities for “markets” are in Australia, and markets beat politics by wide margins. In the two U.S. cities in the top 10, New York and Philadelphia, markets beat politics by narrower margins.
But looking at the Regions tab shows that for the United States as a whole, politics beats markets.
Now switch the search order to “politics, markets”:
The top 10 cities are in the U.S., starting with Washington, Reston (Virginia), New York, Austin…
There’s a big disconnect between the city and region rankings. I’ve been searching prurient terms of varying filth to see if the Muslim dominance holds (only for some, and it’s interesting which colloquial terms for the female sex organ are used in which areas of the world).
Example, and I apologize for the language: “pussy” lists all top ten cities in the US, but hit the region tab and South Africa beats the USA by more than a factor of two. Am I to believe that’s because these masses of SA searches are coming form the wired low population villages across the country? Obviously not.
Maybe South African IP addresses or something about the telecoms structure there makes it difficult to tie a person to a particular city. Or perhaps there’s some much bigger flaw at work here. Please not the disclaimer at the bottom of the page when you get your results. This is a fun toy, but it’s not reliable to support a serious blog post conclusion, let alone real research.
I would think it’s small Indian penises…
It’s almost addicting isn’t? I have compiled a Massive List of Google Trends for everyone to use. This will hopefully spark debate, creativity and better development of this fun tool. Please check it out:
Google Trends List
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