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Who's researching that? Search trends in Statista last month

Published by Mark Bodnar

line drawing of someone thinking of food
Maybe it's just because it's lunchtime and I'm hungry... 

but when I scanned a word cloud of the titles from all the reports downloaded in our Statista database last month, there seemed to be a strong trend toward research about foods & beverages: lunch, candy, milk, drink, restaurant, consumption, cutlery, cocoa... 

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Wordle created via wordsift.org. Shows high-frequency words among the titles of SFU-downloaded Statista items in Feb. 2018

Other themes from February that I spotted: 

  • health & medical: hospital, ehealth, biomedical, fitness
  • flying & travel: aircraft, Boeing, Airbus, travel, lodging, camping, Airbnb
  • elements & science: cerium, lanthanum, radiation

All together, more than 4100 Statista items (barcharts, dossiers, reports, etc.) were viewed by SFU researchers in February, and over 460 items were downloaded in jpg, pdf, xls, or ppt formats. Wonderful to see such frequent use of a resource that is still relatively new for us!

If you've not yet tried Statista, its short description is "a statistics portal that integrates statistics from thousands of sources and provides simple exports of both data and charts in multiple formats."  For more info, check out my earlier posts: 

... Or just dive right into Statista and start exploring!

-- MarkB
Mark Bodnar
Economics & Business Librarian

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