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Will there be a significant increase in worldwide search interest in the term “power outage” reported by Google Trends between 24 August 2018 and 7 September 2018?

This question was generated from the IARPA Global Forecasting Challenge.

Google Trends tracks how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume. Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest value for the given region and period of interest. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term during the period of interest. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. A score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term. This question will resolve as ‘yes’ if Google Trends shows a 50-point or greater increase of interest in the search term from one day to the next during the period of interest. To access the relevant data, from Google Trends: - Enter the search term of interest (as a ‘Search term’ not a ‘Topic’); - Make sure 'Worldwide' is selected for the geographic area; - Use the drop-down field to enter a ‘Custom time range’ corresponding to the period of interest; - Click the down arrow in the top right of the 'Interest over time' chart to download the data to a CSV file. This question will be resolved at the end of the period of interest.


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