Friday, September 4, 2009

Dynamic statistical graphs

For a fascinating example of dynamic statistical graphs, go to:


  1. I thought I was smarter than a Chimpanzee, but now I'm not so sure! I really enjoyed watching this-- I found the distributions of GDP v. Health to be enlightening.

  2. Fascinating graphics that tell a compelling story simply yet dramatically. He has other presentations you might check out.

  3. Pick up any textbook in statistics, and you will soon realize why statistics seem so foreign. It is. The language for many is not only new but mysterious. This is so for several reasons. The language of statistics is:
    • paradoxically precise yet probabilistic;
    • slightly askew from everyday usage and downright misleading in some instances;
    • replete with instances in which the same word takes on substantially different meanings, even in a statistical context; and
    • chocked full of double negatives (e.g., rejecting the null hypothesis is one of my favorites).

    All these characteristics get in the way of understanding and communicating statistics, but they help make a decent wage for the statisticians who invent the jargon, use it, and criticize others’ misuse of it.

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  5. It's amazing presentation. Thank you for posting. I really like the idea, "link design to data." Graphs and figures could give us new insights to see the real world, which data themselves cannot provide. Here is a small effort to link design to federal government data.