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btw17 query auto completion - query suggestions for German politicians and parties before the federal election 2017

Bonart, Malte; Schaer, Philipp

The dataset contains the query suggestions for 5 major German parties (terms: "afd", "csu", "dielinke", "fdp", "grüne", "spd") and ten popular politicians and party leaders (terms: "Alexander Gauland", "Alice Weidel", "Angela Merkel", "Cem Özdemir", "Christian Lindner", "Dietmar Bartsch", "Katrin Göring-Eckardt", "Martin Schulz", "Sahra Wagenknecht").

The data was crawled on (mostly) two times per day from Tue Aug 04, 2017 to Tue Oct 31, 2017. The dataset contains 20001 suggestions from Bing search (, 11935 suggestions from Duck-Duck-Go ( and 33521 suggestions from Google search ( Note, that for some terms and dates no suggestions were returned by some of the APIs.

German language settings were used for Google and Bing, English language setting was used for Duck-Duck-Go. The API requests were sent with an IP address from Cologne, Germany. 

The UTF-8 encoded comma separated text file contains the following columns:

<source>: google, bing or ddg

<queryterm>: the query term

<date>: the date and time of the API call formatted as ISO8601

<suggestterm>: the suggested query completion (the query term was removed from the suggestion)

<position>: the position of the query suggestion within the list returned by the API (ranges from 0 to 19)











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