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Stats with Hans Rosling

December 14, 2010

I am a little late with this one.  I meant to post this a while ago.  I’m not sure what happened, but regardless, I am rectifying that right now.

The Joy of Stats, a one hour documentary hosted by Hans Rosling, explores the world of statistics:

[W]ithout statistics we are cast adrift on an ocean of confusion, but armed with stats we can take control of our lives, hold our rulers to account and see the world as it really is. What’s more, Hans concludes, we can now collect and analyse such huge quantities of data and at such speeds that scientific method itself seems to be changing.

Below is a four minute clip from the show in which Rosling presents world development in the context of income versus lifespan.

Most of the information here is the same as what he presented in his TED talk, however, instead of the data being projected onto a screen, this time it is being projected in the air, right in front of him, allowing Rosling to “grab” the data and highlight the significant areas.

If you are a more interactive learner, you can play around with his tool, now called Gapminder.

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