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Posts Tagged ‘statistics’

Dataviz Salon SF #1

Michael Driscoll of Dataspora invited a few people to a Dataviz Salon yesterday evening. Mike and I went along and huddled in a brick-built basement in SoMa to listen to the following:

Thanks to Michael for putting on a great event and getting everything together at such short notice. Hopefully there'll be another one soon!

Correlation = Causation

Ben Tesch overlays the timeline of technology adoption and the timeline of cool and concludes that the clothes dryer was responsible for the rise of soul music. I like it.

I'm reminded of my reaction to the wall of statistics about the world before and after Bill Clinton's presidency, at his library in Little Rock, Arkansas. We're told that among other things the national debt, the number nuclear warheads and world poverty all went down, but that AIDS increased. I'm led to believe that nuclear warheads prevent AIDS, or possibly that AIDS prevents nuclear warheads. Clearly.