At Filtrbox we have a basic trend analysis graph that shows the amount of mentions on a specific topic for a selected number of days. We will be adding more charting features as time passes, but for now i want to look at trend analysis and really envelop what it means. A good description of a trend is a developing direction, whether up or down, that is ever changing. A trend allows us to really analyze a large data set to be able to make inference to what the future may be like. Below is a quick trend of McCain (Brownish), Obama (Blue), and the Olympics (Red).
As we can see, it has been back and forth with Obama and McCain. The Olympics have also followed a similar trend. These trends can inform us that bloggers don’t like to post on Sundays, hype for the Olympics is falling as it moves to opening day – witch it might shoot back up again, and there may be a correlation between Olympics and the presidential elect. Clicking on a point will also allow us to get a better idea for what may have spurred the peak or the valleys. So if we look at August 1 when Obama has a total of 359 mentions, we can communicate that these are mostly responses to McCain’s attack ad and defending Obama’s persona.
This now leads to the title of the post, Filtrbox Fights. A Filtrbox Fight is a basic trend analysis game, that who ever has the most mentions in the day is the winner (This is not supported by Filtrbox and is something i thought would be of interest). I am hoping to keep track of the presidential candidates and see if there is a correlation between who wins and who had the most internet traffic. This does not mean that if Obama had the highest internet traffic and is the next president, that there is a definitive correlation, but we can infer that the internet would be a good place to campaign in, and also which interent sources provided the information – Twitter and other social networks are changing how people interact and react to information. Thanks for reading and hope you try a Filtrbox Fight of your own – very rewarding