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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l
A collection of stats from around WordPress.com that we’ve decided to share with the world. Our mission is to democratize publishing one website at a time.
We can’t see behind the bars. But we can see where they are — and why they’re there.
Attorney General William Barr explained before the release of the special counsel report that the law and regulations kept him from including everything that Robert Mueller uncovered, as well as how.
There are several simple plugins for adding sparklines to WordPress websites including:
- Activity Sparks plugin by Greg Jackson which adds some configurable functionality for adding sparklines to WordPress sites including for posts and comments as well as for tracking categories/tags.
- Sparkplug by Beau Lebens has similarity to the Activity Sparks plugin (above), but with a slightly older looking and somewhat less refined output.
At present, I’m using the Activity Sparks plugin in my sidebar to display the recent activity on my site in terms of my posting frequency and the comment frequency. One chart provides the daily activity on my site over the past 3 months while the other provides the monthly activity over the past 5 years.
When on particular category pages, you can see the posting velocity for those particular categories in these respective time periods. While on the homepage and other miscellaneous pages, you can see the aggregate numbers for the website.
Generally I don’t care very much about the statistics, but in aggregate they can sometimes be fun to look at. As quick examples, I can tell roughly by looking at the 5 year time span when I added certain posting features to my website or that time my site got taken down by HackerNews.
hat tip to Khürt Williams who I needed to circle back around and finish of a small piece of this project and document it.
Resizing geographic areas by population gives more accurate view of 2012 election.
A post on the Guardian Datablog earlier today took a dataset collected by the Tweetminster folk and graphed the sorts of thing that journalists tweet about ( Journalists on Twitter: how do Britain&…
There was a striking difference in style — and substance.
The Futility Closet people recently posted “A Square Circle“, in which they showed: 49² + 73² = 7730 77² + 30² = 6829 68² + 29² = 5465 54² + 65² = 7141 71² + 41² = 6722 67² + 22² = 4973 which is a nice little result. I like this sort of recreational maths, so I spent a little time w...
An interactive map of the geography of baseball fandom.
What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map.
How does war affect the music an orchestra plays
The New York Philharmonic has a public dataset containing metadata for their entire performance history. I recently discovered this, and of course downloaded it and started to geek out over it. (On what was supposed to be a day off, of course!) I only explored the data for a few hours, but was able to find some really interesting things. I’m sharing them here, along with the code I used to do them (in R, using TidyVerse tools), so you can reproduce them, or dive further into other questions. (If you just want to see the results, feel free to skip over the code and just check out the visualizations and discussion below.)
All scripts, extracted data, and visualizations in this blog post can also be found in the GitHub repository for this project.
Banner image by Tim Hynes.
A look at some of the best apps, hacks and mashups available for music streaming and scrobbling service Last.fm.