The “recent years” x-axis selection only gave you the last seven years (2001-2007 at the time of writing) which didn’t let you monitor trends very far back in time. The new “recent (odd) years” choice gives you the last seven odd-numbered years, which obviously go back further. Why do we use the odd years? Well we’re avoiding “2000″ because this text on a web page refers to the actual year much less than, say “2001″.

Here’s the trend linked above, showing Jeremy Clarkson’s meteoric rise vs. Germaine Greer’s steadier web-presence growth:

Here’s one that unfortunately shows the general decline in society:

I was hoping for something more optimistic!

The new x-axis choice helps put events in around 2001 (e.g. 9/11) in context:

Here we see the result of Bush’s administration desperately wanting to link Iraq with 9/11.

One Response to “Further back in time”

  1. Bob Says:

    Here’s an interesting plot showing the recent massive rise (due to media interest?) in city bonuses. Usually attributed to increased mergers and takeover activity – but not very well correlated here:

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