Guest Post: The Joy of Stats on BBC4

Andy Cotgreave
on December 6, 2010

Thanks to Andy Cotgreave for this post- you can see his other work at The Data Studio.

On Tuesday 7 December, the BBC is broadcasting a show called The Joy of Stats, presented by data-viz-hero Hans Rosling. It promises to be a show that takes viewers on a "rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power they have to change our understanding of the world."

Many readers of this blog will already know of Hans Rosling. He is the man behind Gapminder. In their own words, their Trendalyzer software "sought to unveil the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics".

Creating this viz has been in parts simple, and in parts challenging. I hope you enjoy exploring the visualisation. On my blog at the Data Studio, I go into more detail about how I’ve built this view. I would be delighted to know your comments on this - what could be done to improve it, etc. You can also go to my blog to read about more Joy of Six wonders!