The Joy of Statistics: not your local weatherman

The BBC is screening a new documentary, "The Joy of Statistics," hosted by Hans Rosling of Gapminder. This is a short clip; you'll probably recognize the data and presentation from a couple of years back, but the Minority Report-style, virtual full-body interface is new. Granted, it starts off a little reminiscent of a local news meteorologist gesturing stiffly at a greenscreen. But within the first minute it starts to seem more natural, and the data (comparative life expectancy, wealth, and population in the developed and developing continents) is always eye-opening. The BBC seems to be relying more and more on animation that places commentators directly "in" the data (have you seen their election coverage over the past few years?) I'm interested to see what they do with the full documentary.

Via flowingdata.

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