The authors of this paper state that financial markets are a prime target for investigating the prediction of market movements based upon the social habits of people searching for and gathering information to gain a competitive advantage in order to capture opportunities for personal financial gain.
They go on to investigate whether search query data from Google Trends can historically be used to provide insights into the information gathering process that leads up to making trading decisions in the stock market.
The authors gather data from Google Trends and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) for the period of
2011-02-28. They seed the process with some ...