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Power of Animated Charts - Dynamic of Third World Myth

Power of graphs in statistics
Power of Charts
Being in business means that you have to deal with statistics, reports, spread sheets, … a lot of numbers. Unless you are a statistician, almost everyone will prefer a graphic depiction of the numbers. Actually statisticians prefer graphs, because they have the power to reveal and express correlations in very intuitive ways.

Throw some parameters
  • on the x-axis,
  • another on the y-axis.
  • show changes over time.

  • add a third dimension
  • change the level of granularity and aggregation
  • use circles, bars, lines, colors, and different shapes
  • map data to geographical regions
  • use colors, shapes, line styles, etc.

And voilá. You may gain access to understanding very complex developments and dependencies within a glimpse of an eye.

Check out this 22 minutes long video of a presentation at some conference.
Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen (↑)

About this Talk: You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world” using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation. The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten. In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful.

You will learn a lot about
  • state of the World economy
  • quality of human life
  • on different continents,
  • in different countries
  • most importantly changes over time.

  • The sheer power of animated graphic data representation

Did any TV reports give you such high a density of overview about where the human race is standing? I guess not. They are accustomed to report about the worst and best cases only. Media in general gives a very poor representation of overall situations.

Policy makers, business owners, and managers need to make decisions based on the overall situation. As this professor points out it is important to have free access to data and have software tools that allow for querying, correlating, and representing data in intuitive ways. That's not only true for global data, that hold true for your business data as well.

Imagine Google pickep up on that idea and gives us Google Global Stats on top of Google Earth.

Now, think about, what extensive data analysis can do for our business.

John W. Furst

P.S.: Special thanks to James D. Brausch, who pointed to that online video on his Internet Business 101 Blog (


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Carl on :


Thanks John, that was really worth seeing. And for anyone interested in Africa and it's future, make sure you check out the TED videos on Africa: The Next Chapter -

John W. Furst on :



Thanks for your comment and the additional resource.

Since I am living on the African continent -- on the border though -- I probably personally care more than the average American or European.

It's a shame on what today's policy makers and the people who vote them into office set focus and preferences.

We are living on ONE planet!

Yours John

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year

Carl on :


I spent all of my childhood and most of my teenage years in Africa, in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and I have a great love for the continent and it's people. It's very sad what aid and corrupt leaders have done to this great continent.

On the positive side, things are getting better and I anticipate that 20-40 years from now Africa will be considered a developed continent. Certainly friends of mine in South Africa, Kenya and Egypt firmly believe this.

Have a great Christmas, and a successful 2008.


John Fudala on :


I want to learn how to use animated graphical statistics. Like Hans Roslings.

Any advice. What program do they use Flash, Trendilizer, Power Point?


Matt on :


Hey guy's! Most amazing Silverlight Charts are available here. It's Open Source. Just check it out. The animations will boggle your mind.

John W. Furst on :


Check out (I actually link to it) You might learn more about it there. Google bought the technology, maybe there are some of the usual Google freebies.

-- Your John

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