Sunday, 12 December 2010

The economics zeitgeist, 12 December 2010


This week's word cloud from the economics blogs. I generate a new one every Sunday, so please subscribe using RSS or the email box on the right and you'll get a message every week with the new cloud.


This week, some interesting news: for the first time ever, tax is at the top of the rankings. This is especially notable as it outranks both of the common words "one" and "new" which invariably show up there. This has never happened before, with only "free" and "oil" reaching position 2 in November 2009 and June 2010 respectively.

I summarise around four hundred blogs through their RSS feeds. Thanks in particular to the Palgrave Econolog who have an excellent database of economics blogs; I have also added a number of blogs that are not on their list. Contact me if you'd like to make sure yours is included too.

I use Wordle to generate the image, the ROME RSS reader to download the RSS feeds, and Java software from Inon to process the data.

You can also see the Java version in the Wordle gallery.

If anyone would like a copy of the underlying data used to generate these clouds, or if you would like to see a version with consistent colour and typeface to make week-to-week comparison easier, please get in touch.

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