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What's This? Defining the Global Power Barometer

As it tracks and analyzes thought and actions across the world, the Global Power Barometer (GPB) frequently catches sight of issues that will impact global politics. These are the issues that likely will move the icons in coming weeks. We'll share our peeks at the future as they pass certain momentum thresholds. In future days we'll categorize the "Emerging Issues" and provide snippets about the progress of significant trends. For now, here's what we're presently watching:

What's this?

  • The Global Power Barometer (GPB) provides a relative measure how well various nations, ideologies and political movements are exercising their power to move global opinion and events in the directions they desire.

  • How it works

    The chart is created using proprietary systems that employ both computer and human analysis developed by Denver Research Group (DRGI). To calculate how well a player is doing, the GPB gauges both opinion and hard fact. DRGI identifies the general goals of monitored nations and ideologies by analyzing articles and other data from a weighted sample of credible sources (e.g., the media, NGOs, universities, think tanks). Then, key points within a representative sample of sources published each day are weighted based upon a broad range of factors (e.g., the importance of the point to a player's goals, whether the point is opinion or verifiable fact, timing). The program then calculates the position of the key player on the chart relative to one another and their own goals. The movement you finally see reflects each player's ability to influence world opinion and events in the directions they choose. It changes day to day based on what actually occurs across the globe and what people say about it.

    What the GPB is not

    The GPB is not a measure of the image of a global player. It does not reflect any moral judgments. The GPB is a non-partisan measure of whether power is being exercised effectively in the terms set out by the players themselves. It is important to note that the GPB is not based on a count of articles or a "buzz monitor". Rather, it is based upon the substantive points contained within the weighted set of articles and other data.

    Readers should remember that no measure of global power is more than an educated guess created by reasonably comparing data sets. These charts are intended only as one tool to help the reader track those players that global opinion leaders believe are moving world events, along with the facts that support them.

    Why we've chosen our format

    DRGI presents a visual snapshot so viewers can absorb the impact of complex, worldwide events in a few seconds. The reader has the option to drill down for further information, including a description of the day's GPB drivers, an overview of visible trends within GPB data, and a sample of the articles used in the calculation.

    For additional information, see GPB Background and the GPB discussion on the DRGI website.

The GPB tracks how well global players use power to advance their policy goals. The chart covers the day indicated in the date bar above the chart and is updated each evening. Note that the chart does not move until it is updated. Clicking on an icon links to supporting data that is updated and expanded continually throughout the day.

The system tracks thousands of news media, academic, governmental and other sources. The relative position of the players are driven by opinion, events, and other soft and hard factors. The system does not count articles like a "buzz meter." See "What's this" for more.

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