Name Predicting Economic Indicators with Google Trends
Source Google Inc.
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Description This paper shows how to use search engine data to forecast near-term values of economic indicators.
Long description Government agencies periodically release indicators of the level of economic activity in various sectors. However, these releases are typically only available with a reporting lag of several weeks and are often revised a few months later. It would clearly be helpful to have more timely forecasts of these economic indicators. Nowadays there are several sources of data on real-time economic activity available from private sector companies such as Google, MasterCard, Federal Express, UPS, Intuit and many others. This study examines Google Trends, which is a real-time daily and weekly index of the volume of queries that users enter into Google. The researchers have found that these query indices are often correlated with various economic indicators and may be helpful for short-term economic prediction.
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Type Research
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Status Pilot
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published