Screw the sword swallowing and giant screen of moving bubbles. Just get Rosling a handful of rocks and he draws a crowd.
I noticed he was adding rocks and moving them left. He might have subtracted a few and/or moved rocks to the right. And he’d have had an even shorter TED talk. But then it wouldn’t be a TED talk then.
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There are rules—usually for specific chart types meant to be read in a specific way—that you shouldn’t break. When they are, everyone loses. This is that small handful.
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.
I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.
These are my picks for the best of 2015. As usual, they could easily appear in a different order on a different day, and there are projects not on the list that were also excellent.