Category Archives: Big Data

Sketching the origins of “Made in Germany” with ngrams

Two quick takeaways: The origins of German manufacturing prowess are in protectionist policies with import tarifs in the 1870s. Made In Germany mutated from marking lower quality German imports to Britain to marking premium quality German goods within 50 years … Continue reading

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The “ifo Geschäftsklimaindex” – a humble comment

Month after month on a given day the “ifo Geschäftsklimaindex” is being published, commented upon by the Ifo president and picked up by the press. Yesterday was such a day and Clemens Fuest commented “Die Stimmung in den deutschen Chefetagen … Continue reading

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Trade Imbalance through the eyes of Google ngrams

Using Google ngrams one can examine over 200 years worth of text in several languages. It might be of interest to some, especially in the context of the German trade surplus, to compare the prevalence of the word export over … Continue reading

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UK snap Elections 2017: Conservatives gain from Terror Attack

Election day today in the UK and it is hard to know how to interpret the contrast between polls and Google search. While the polls have been showing the conservatives to be in the lead – although the margin has … Continue reading

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