Review of Gapminder: The Revolutionary Way to Present Any Statistics

Interested in statistics but wish you could go more than just 100 years on a graph? Or create one that’s more interactive?

In putting together Friday’s seminar on Public Accessible Big Data, I researched further on Gapminder and found a whole new level of awesomeness in statistics.

Using the example of gaps in wealth and health, history, inequalities between nations, and the spread of spanish flu and HIV over 200 years in Gapminder, Hans Rosling (creator of Gapminder) has them all presented in an animated, fun, colorful and alluring manner. It also has tons of incredible built-in statistical information of interesting points supporting the different countries’ points in the graph. I actually became interested in statistics after seeing how Gapminder works.

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With each country in the world illustrated by a colourful circle – bigger circle represents bigger population and vice versa – users can fiddle around with timelines and different vertical & horizontal axis. You can also tweak the speed of the graph animation, to match it  to your presentation. Take a step further with Gapminder, by uploading your own data and create your own bubble graph in future once Hans Gosling have input this function to do so. Comparing international GDPs had never been so much fun.

This program will make messing around with numbers and maps fun, even if you don’t know nuts about moving average or standard deviation. With Gapminder, you’ll find yourself loving statistics more – whether creating it or trying to understand it! Because I was completely sold after watching this video demonstration by the creator himself! Imagine what digital marketing could be in future with this program!

Source: http://www.gapminder.org

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10 thoughts on “Review of Gapminder: The Revolutionary Way to Present Any Statistics

  1. This is brilliant! I am not a math lover as well but this is so interesting and such a great idea to present lots of data and number through long period of time. You would never can present that >100 years on paper. Thanks for technology 🙂
    Companies can use this technology to do their own researches about customers, industry, competitors, or whatever they want to observe over time! How wonderful it is!

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    1. Indeed! How else are we able knock our interest in statistics if not for these wonderful inventions. I can see a growing potential with Gapminder. It is bound to be used by many companies once its operation and usability becomes easier to get to. Right now, I heard that there’s only a limited amount of data you can input into Gapminder. But once that’s solved, BAM! Big bucks rolling in for Hans Rosling.

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  2. Hi Elizabeth. This is an insightful article here! I agree with both Hanh and yourself. Gapminder is a novel way to present numbers and data towards people who are maths-adverse or to people with short attention span, which is especially evident in the digital age where we are constantly bombarded by information each second.

    However, was set me thinking was whether Gapminder is applicable in professional work environment settings? Could Income figures or cash flow numbers be presented in this format as well? Would it be too hard for CEOs or clients to understand it? Sure Gapminder is fun, but fun isn’t a word applicable in the business setting.

    Dont get me wrong, this is a great article, but its uses in a professional setting could be a food for thought on perhaps where and where not to use Gapminder. Good work, Elizabeth. Cheers.

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    1. Great points there Benjamin. At the moment, Gapminder is pretty restricted to which data you can insert. I’ve read forums and people are impressed at first, but later on realized they can’t put in their own data for their own statistics purposes YET. But Gapminder is still working on it, so we’ll just have to sit back with a popcorn and wait for good news for now!

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      1. Indeed. New Technologies often have issues like these during their debut launches. Lets be patient and give them some time to improve and develop a more robust software. But, too much time would not be good as well. Haha

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        1. Oh yeah, by then other competitors having the similar idea would have already caught up in this rapidly changing industry. But quality is better than speed in this case. Can you think of any firm with issues during their debut launches?

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  3. Gapminder seems a bit shallow in terms of the depth of information it provides but its a great alternative for the usually maths averse marketer. Its a step in the right direction…you gotta take baby steps first. 🙂

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    1. Gapminder is still developing to enable users to input their own statistics data for presentation purposes. Give it sometime to let people adapt to this awesome big data, I can see lots of potential in this tool, especially the ability to convert graph/maths adverse people 🙂

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    2. And I definitely can’t wait to use gapminder in my future corporate jobs! Sounds so exciting and my boss would definitely be blown away by the seriously fun and in-depth data I have on the screen. Lol

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