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Monday, September 11, 2006

Hans Rosling on TED Talks

Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, he debunks a few myths about the "developing" world. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.) I must say that this was one of the best presentations I've seen in my life. Hans Rosling is a very talented presenter, but what struck me most is the way he animates multi-dimentional statistical data. The issue is that a computer screen has only two dimentions, but usually we have multi-variate dependencies. He uses a beautifull piece of software, which allows to show these dependencies by applying animation and other tricks.


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