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Friday, May 12, 2006

Google trends, datamining, geopolitics and funny bugs

I love data mining, here is a definition from wikipedia:
Data Mining can be defined as "The nontrivial extraction of implicit, previously unknown, and potentially useful information from data" and "The science of extracting useful information from large data sets or databases"
Now you that you all now the new google trends service that make a heavy use of data mining, you can find gold in it ...
When you look for sex, you get this ! (I bet you already did this search ...)

... be puzzled and think about the geopolitics behind :)

But hey, it might also be a google bug :)
Here is an excerpt of the FAQ:

The data Google Trends produces may contain inaccuracies for a number of reasons, including data-sampling issues and a variety of approximations that Trends makes use of. We hope you find this service interesting and entertaining, but you probably don't want to write your PhD dissertation based on this information
no kidding ! :)

Btw Steve Rubel made an entry "25 Things I Learned on Google Trends" that is more constructive than this one :)

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