28 Mar '15, 3pm

Inference Using Google Queries: XKCD #DataMining

Inference Using Google Queries: XKCD #DataMining

xkcd comic published an interesting comic strip using Google. It is a way to use Google to make inference, sort of like Google Flu Trends but using only the number of results. Idea is simple and cool. Here is the original comic . Data Mining Using Google Queries (Image Credit: xkcd.com) The answer to life using Google Here is the answer to a much more relevant question, what is “the answer to life” . Obviously to answer a touch question like this you need to know little a bit about what the answer could be. You may vaguely remember the the answer is around “40”. Using Google you can find the exact answer to life . Start searching Google using query “the answer to life X”, where X is a variable taking different number at each search. Note down the number of Google hits for each query and plot like as shown below. It is clear from the plot that the answer is “42”. Related po...

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