The Joy of Stats available in its entirety

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

The Joy of Stats, hosted by Hans Rosling, is now viewable in its entirety (video below):

Hans Rosling says there’s nothing boring about stats, and then goes on to prove it. Only with statistics can we make sense of the world and harness the data deluge to serve us rather than drown in its confusion.
A one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcast by BBC, 2010.

Originally, it was only viewable in the UK, and then there were some clips, but finally, you can watch the whole thing. It’s an hour long so you might want to bookmark it for later, but it’s entertaining all the way through. Plus, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s so I know you’re not working.

There are appearances by Stamen, David McCandless, David Spiegelhalter, and a number of others, while Rosling narrates excitedly. The first half focuses on the greatness that is data and covers some basic statistical concepts. The second half gets into visualization and how it can be used to tell a story. Enjoy. Update: The full version was made unavailable for embed, so visit the Gapminder site to watch it.

[Gapminder via Revolutions]

25 Comments

Favorites

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.

Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by age.

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.