Monday, October 14, 2013
Some time ago I published a blog post in which I used Google's Ngram Viewer to explore some of the history of phylogenetic nertworks (Ngrams and phylogenetics). Today I use Google Trends to look at the worldwide popularity of some phylogenetic terms in Google's web searches.
The data start in January 2004 and end in September 2013. According to Google, the vertical axis "numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart. If, at most, 10% of searches for the given region and time frame were for "pizza", then we'd consider this 100."
The first search term is for "Phylogenetics", which shows a depressing trend.
The next term is "Phylogeny", which shows the same trend.
The final term is "Phylogenetic Tree", which looks somewhat better.
Either the people have lost interest in phylogenetics, or they already know about it so they no longer need to do web searches to find out about it.