Trends: France vs the US

September 20, 2009 § 2 Comments

While I was doing some data mining using Google statistical tools, a neat idea popped up. What would happen if I pit two or more similar/dissimilar things against each other? Which one is more popular (based on search volume)? In this little experiment, I compared France to the US.

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1) When I compared the search term “France” to the search term “America”, the former was found to be more popular generating higher level of interests.

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2) When I compared the search term “French” to “American”, the latter was overwhelmingly more popular.

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3) When I compared France’s ageless wonder “Eiffel Tower” to America’s greatest monument “The Statue of Liberty”, the latter edged the former by a small margin.

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The results were pretty much in line with what I had expected. France has a longer and much more illustrious history than the US, and thus it is not a surprise that the country generates more interest than America.The fact that Americans are more popular than the French is self-explanatory. Who would not want to be an American (sarcasm)?

The last result left me a little surprised. I thought the Eiffel Tower would have a slight edge over the Statue of Liberty; I was wrong. I guess people picked symbolic value over historic value. In summary, people like France but love Americans or being Americans. Liberty and freedom are loved as well.

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