Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Clever proxy data

I'm back! But why? Well because this is cool...

Via The Guardian. Half of Europe is on strike today and as usual, the unions say everyone's on strike and employers are saying virtually nobody is. What's the truth?

This is a brilliant bit of thinking to find some proxy data when the official figures are unreliable. We can have a look (live) at Spain's electricity consumption. Usual expected consumption for today in green and actual in yellow (and based on Google Translate, red is a projection for the rest of today.)

They're down about 16% vs. expected demand at the moment, which is somewhere between what Saturday and Sunday usually look like. So enough people have walked out in Spain that it's turned into an unofficial weekend.