Name Inflation Index from Webscraping - e-Bread Index
Source UN Global Pulse
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Description A project investigating and showing how scraping the web for online prices could provide real-time insights on price dynamics, focusing on the case of bread via online advertisements of supermarkets. The data is collected across South America using a scraping software that records, on a daily basis, the price of bread sold or advertised in online supermarkets. Then the daily inflation rate of bread for each country is calculated. Then, subsequently, the average daily inflation rate for each of the bread products is estimated, and an index aggregating those daily changes, is built by country. All the bread products are equally counted and the resulting inflation is the geometric average of their daily price inflation.
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Lead Institution UN Global Pulse
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Partners PriceStats and the Billion Prices Project at MIT
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Type Knowledge
Potential for reuse Medium
Part of the innovation having potential to be reused The technology of web-scraping of online prices can be replicated for other products in other countries. However, re-usability might be limited by the sophistication of the digital economy in the respective region for the respective product.
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Outputs compatible with indicators from Official Statistics No
Status Pilot
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  • Economy & Growth
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  • Web Scraping
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    Use of Alternative Data Sources
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    Non-Official Statistics
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published
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