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For a research project, I am attempting to create a model that uses google trends results as its independent variable. As you probably know, google trends standardises its outputs on a scale from 0-100. The goal is to find out whether an increase in searches for particular words results in higher unemployment rates. Google trends has the option to select an index relating to unemployment already. However, I would like to select the words that are in the index myself. For simplicity, I really want to combine these words into a single index and not obtain their search results separately. Unfortunately the option to search for a combination of words in an index has not been given by google trends as for as I know. Is there a way to compromise the outputs into one single independent variable?

  • Are you sure/ have you tried queries such as: "(term1, term2)" – sheß May 17 '16 at 15:12
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Great! I'm working on a similar project, too. You can use average of those queries and create an index. Let $X_1, X_2, ...$ are your queries from Google Trends, so you can simply generate GTI=mean($X_i$).

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  • can you clarify this a little bit? the run on sentences look like there's a question in the middle of them. – albert Jun 26 at 14:55
  • Dear @albert, the challenge is how to create an Index for some Auxiliary variables, say X_1, X_2, .... Any idea? – Bromideh Jun 27 at 3:53
  • no ideas whatsoever – albert Jun 27 at 15:32

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