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Statistics Porn

Its one of those ideas that seems obvious once you’ve seen it – plot data on a graph, add size and colour, and then animate over time. That’s five dimensions, folks!

So, here’s an example application – income vs. life expectancy vs. population vs. location vs time. Notice the blue dot where life expectancy drops sharply whilst income stays roughly level. That’s South Africa – interesting. And a cool feature I just discovered is you can click on the dot, make sure “Trails” is ticked, and then run the animation…

Here are some more examples.

ObDisclaimer: yes, this is now Google’s. No, that’s not why I blogged it.

2 Comments

  1. http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=hans_rosling

    Comment by robin — 19 Mar 2007 @ 11:30

  2. oops, forgot this:

    http://venturebeat.com/2007/03/19/google-buys-gapminder-a-graphical-display-company/

    Comment by robin — 20 Mar 2007 @ 9:01

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