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Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward

Preis, T; Moat, HS; Stanley, HE; Bishop, SR; (2012) Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS , 2 , Article ARTN 350. 10.1038/srep00350. Gold open access


We introduce a future orientation index to quantify the degree to which Internet users worldwide seek more information about years in the future than years in the past. We analyse Google logs and find a striking correlation between the country’s GDP and the predisposition of its inhabitants to look forward.

Title:Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward
Open access status:An open access publication
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00350
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Mathematics

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