With Ryanair in the news “blaming high passenger taxes and rising charges” for its cutbacks at London Stansted, you might be thinking “Hang on a minute, but Ryanair are the masters of hidden taxes and charges!”. Well let’s see who is most moaned about on the web in this respect:

Surprisingly, BMI Baby tops the charts for “hidden charges”, with Ryanair and EasyJet coming in a close second and third. The results for “stranded” aren’t as you might expect. It seems that Lufthansa had a well reported strike which left thousands stranded. I doubt the unions are very strong at Ryanair… I guess you want to try the phrase “I was stranded”, that should reflect customer opinion better.

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However, none of the following graphs will make any accusations of misconduct or mental instability whatsoever.

To mark the passing of the King of Pop, I have introduced a new category for the X-axis: “famous dead people”. By this I mean famous people who died a bit too soon.

Recently deceased Michael Jackson won’t be remembered for his musical talents, at least in comparison to Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

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The plot below shows the biological sub-disciplines leading in the area of open access publishing (click on the plot for readable x-axis labels):

Bioinformatics has by far the largest amount of “open access” chatter. In purple you can see the relatively flat distribution of “journal” as a control. As a bioinformaticist myself this seems to make sense, as the leading figures in the open access movement come from this field. However, other communities (physics, computer science) have been operating an informal open access model for a lot longer (preprint servers and/or widespread preprint availability).

A lot of new x-axis categories have crept in over recent weeks – I’ll try to feature some on the blog. How about the old homepage faithful stressed/relaxed with respect to major life events…

That suggests that being pregnant and starting school are the most stressful events, but wait, let’s try it with “stressful” too, just as a sanity check:
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Major events obviously have a big impact across the web. Here you can see the 2004 Asian tsunami making its mark:

What about all the hype around SARS and avian flu?
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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″.

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