The beautiful use of statistics
If ever you wanted to enthuse someone about data and statistics then show them Hans Rosling’s TED presentation ‘New insights on poverty and life around the world.’ The stories you can tell with good data and visualisation tools are beautifully illustrated in this talk. And I love the phrase ‘grandma verified statistics.’
(Hat tip: D’Arcy Norman)
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If you want to play with the trendalyser software, it’s at http://www.gapminder.org/world/
As you change the settings, they are reflected in the URL, which means you can set up the animation for a story YOU want to tell, and then share it (hit play…): http://tinyurl.com/2o2zuy
Google bought this a bit ago; the documentation suggests that the idea is for users to be able to use their own data sets in the app, which I’m looking forward to for visualising course populations over time etc 😉
Ah yes, that video was played at one of the technology coffee mornings here in the department – presume it must have been when you weren’t in MK.