Getting Started






Step 1: Understand the Charts


All charts are plotted over the specified date range on a daily or hourly basis



Expert Opinion Chart
Expert Opinion vs Time



Description
The Experts' Opinion (also refered to as the expert sentiment) chart tracks expert opinions, producing a score ranging from -1 sentiment (very negative) to +1 sentiment (very positive). Use this chart to make more informed decisions by tracking how experts feel about topics. Hover over each data point to see that day or hour's sentiment score, confidence interval, and top related story. If available, click the data point to open the story.


How & When to Use
Use this chart when attempting to determine if a topic is being discussed positively or negatively by experts.

This chart can be useful in some of the following situations:

  • Identifying if a company is liked by experts in the field (typically translates to financial success)
  • Researching how domain experts feel about a given city, country, or region
  • Tracking changes in the opinion around arbitrary topics, such as religion, food, etc.


Below is an example an Experts' Opinion chart, with various markers which are explained in more detail below.

Expert opinion explanation

  1. The vertical axis ranges from -1 to +1
    • -1 represents the most negitive possible expert opinion
    • +1 represents the most possitive possible expert opinion

  2. The Experts' Opinion trend line represents the aggregate sentiment (opinion) doman experts have about the topic
  3. The score depicted is the probable score predicted based on the number of experts discussing at the time
  4. The area / range comes from the possible range of the score, because not all experts discuss at any given time

  5. The title of the chart provides the level of granulairty (in this case "daily"), as well as the date range
    • The granularity can be: daily, hourly, or minutely (yes, it's a word)
    • The date range can be anywhere from 2008 to today

  6. The info pannel appears when you hover on, above, or below any data point, and provides relevant details
    • Date: The date of the data point being hovered over
    • Experts' Score: Represents the sentiment of domain experts ranging from -1 (negative) to +1 (positive)
    • Experts' Opinion: Verbal representation of Experts' Score
    • Top Related Story: If there is a relevant story related to the topic, a Top Related Story will appear



Promotional Score Chart
Recommendations vs Time



Description
Net Promoter Scores are the typical, way companies measure the willingness of customers to recommend a company's products or services to others. The standard representation of this score, is an index ranging from -100 to 100. Usually, a company obtains this score by asking "would you recommend?" questions during an exit survey.

Our Promotional Score is similar, but noticiably improved.

We calculate our promotional score is calculated by counting the people actively promoting a topic, and subtracting by the number of people we see actively detracting. We then normalize it between -100 and 100, the same as standard representations.

Our approach creates much better results, as we can actually track people who are promoting a product, as opposed to say they will promote a product.


How & When to Use
Use this chart when attempting to determine if a topic is being recommended by deomain experts.

This chart can be useful in some of the following situations:

  • Searching for a product that domain experts would use
  • Determing if a given political candidate will win / lose an election
  • Identifying if a stock will rise / fall, based on their current product line up


Below is an example the Promoter chart, with various markers, which are explained in more detail below.

Promotional score explanation

  1. The vertical axis ranges in value from -100 and 100
    • -100 represents the most aggressive negative recommendation for a given topic
    • +100 represents the greatest possible recommendation for a given topic

  2. The Promotional Score trend line, represents concensus around what is being promoted / recommended
    • The score depicted is the probable score predicted based on the number of experts discussing at the time
    • The area / range comes from the possible range of the score, because not all experts discuss at any given time

  3. The title of the chart the date range
    • The date range can be anywhere from 2008 to today

  4. The info pannel appears when you hover on, above, or below any data point, and provides relevant details
    • Date: The date of the data point being hovered over
    • Promotional Score: Represents how much a topic is being recommended ranging from -100 (don't recommend) to +100 (highly recommend)
    • Confidence Interval : Represents the possible range we can confidently say the score is within, it is larger the less experts we have discussing a topic, and smaller the more we have discussing a topic



Trend Chart
Activity vs Time



Description
The trend chart represents how active discussions are around this topic, regardless of postive or negative sentiment. A value of 0 represents no discussion, while a value of 1 represents a highly active discussion. This chart often correlates with sentiment changes, but is a seperate metric.

The greater the trend line, the greater the confidence we have for guaging experts' opinions and promotional scores.

We should note, this is similar to Google Trends, and is not explicitly based on expert sentiment(s).


How & When to Use
Use this chart when attempting to when a topic is being discussed more than others. If experts' opinion(s) don't change as the topic is being discussed more, than it's likely indicitive that the experts' opinion(s) are accurate.

This chart can be useful in some of the following situations:

  • Identifying important news events
  • Determining if a company, product, person, or topic is becoming more popular


Below is an example the Trend chart, with various markers which are explained in more detail below.

Trend explanation

  1. The vertical axis ranges in value from 0 to 1
    • 0 represents no discussion on the given topic, on the given date or time
    • 1 represents the maximum discussion on the given topic, in the given time range

  2. The title of the chart the date range
    • The date range can be anywhere from 2008 to today

  3. The Trend line, represents the normalized amount a topic is being discussed
    • The value of the trend line can range from 0 to 1
    • The max value of 1 indicates the maximum discussion around the topic, in the given date range
    • The minimum value of 0 indicates no discussion around the topic

  4. The info pannel appears when you hover on, above, or below any data point, and provides relevant details
    • Date: The date of the data point being hovered over
    • Trend Value: Represents the normalized value (0 to 1) of how much the topic was dicussed





Step 2: Browse top stories and follow topics


Top stories will provide the topic's most actively discussed stories.

By following a topic, you will also receive email updates on relevant new stories, as well as their sentiment scores. By default, you'll only receive emails if there is a large sentiment change. This helps ensure only the most relevant stories are emailed to you, enabling you to keep up with the latest trends easier.

Think of it as an improved version of an RSS reader, where you don't follow sources; instead, you follow topics and get emailed the most relevant sources of information.





Step 3: Profit


With our current features, it's possible to make informed investment decisions with expert insights.

For several years, we have done just that. In cryptocurrencies, and in stocks. Now you can too!

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