Saturday, December 4, 2010

Video of the Day

Sometimes we like to share things that are actually brilliant...

From the BBC's documentary series "The Joy of Stats", featuring Professor Hans Rosling, described as a "superstar boffin" whose "eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend." This is what the description of this particular clip says:


"Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine."


Enjoy!

9 comments:

Shahid said...

Gapminder (http://www.gapminder.org/world/) is an awesome, awesome thing.

Nadir El-Edroos said...

his ted talk was quite good as well!

http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html

TLW said...

Thanks for putting this up whilst we deal with that massive wiki-drop.

Teeth Maestro said...

I was fortunate to watch Hans Rosling presentation at TEDIndia in 2009 - I assure you its captivating, the ease with which he shares such complex data is truly amazing -

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when.html

And YES I agree with TLW - while we compete with the sturggle to unleash WIKILeaks data we have yet another set of data which people dont leverage to its maximum extent

Indian Pundit said...

Brilliant stuff....but not more interesting than wikileaks!

Mariam said...

Does the income that is on the axis corrected for PPP (Purchasing power parity). That would make a significant difference to the whole analysis.

XYZ said...

@Mariam: Yes I believe it is. And inflation-adjusted. Check out the first link from @Shahid.

Anonymous said...

awesum stuff!!

aynalif said...

Thanks for sharing. Good stuff! And people think stats are boring! Should be part of every statistics course.