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Visualizing Searches Over Time 56

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the half-past-chat dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Chris Harrison has built a visualization that explores what people are doing online over time. He explains, 'Search engines are the gateway to the internet for most people, and so search queries provide insight into what people are doing and thinking. In order to examine millions of search queries, I built a simple, cyclical, clock-like visualization that displays the top search terms over a 24-hour period.' Interesting to see that the masses online have fairly coherent and consistent search behaviors. He also investigates the notorious AOL dataset."
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  • Re:My new hobby... (Score:3, Informative)

    by styryx (952942) on Friday March 02, 2007 @09:12AM (#18205818)
    You should set up a site or a wiki that looks in to these kinds of anomalies. It seems like good fun; nicely done with the Steve Irwin catch.

    I'd like to know what could completely kill off searches for Soviet Russia; that's an anomaly in the negative sense, so unlikely to be spurred by a specific event, it would be interesting to know. Do you know if there are any good forums related to this kind of activity?

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