Monday 13 December 2010

The Joy of Stats - Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

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. More about this programme:

You can see more of Hans Rosling via Ideas for World Statistics Day. David Spiegelhalter is another person who appears in the film. He is involved with the Understanding Uncertainty website.

The software that is visible in the film is Gapminder, but it is a safe bet that R is used in several of the projects that are discussed. You can see a bit of a bridge between the two from the talk by Markus Gesmann and Eric Wambach “Google motion charts with R” at LondonR.

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