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Saturday, May 21, 2011

New search engine for data & statistics

Try this out and see if it works

the post below is straight from Andrew Gelman, who will likely forgive me:

By Andrew Gelman on May 21, 2011 5:13 PM | No Comments

Jon Goldhill points us to a new search engine, Zanran, which is for finding data and statistics. Goldhill writes:

It's useful when you're looking for a graph/table rather than a single number. For example, if you look for 'teenage births rates in the united states' in Zanran you'll see a series of graphs. If you check in Google, there's plenty of material - but you'd have to open everything up to see if it had any real numbers. (I hope you'll appreciate Zanran's preview capability as well - hovering over the icons gives a useful preview of the content.)

I tested it out on a couple of things “Poland unemployment rate” gave me a nice graph of the Polish unemployment rate over the past three years. “Ivory soap sales” brought me to a Sloan Review article that had some graphs and did relate to Procter and Gamble, so I guess that’s a hit.

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