Hans Rosling -The Joy of Stats

December 26, 2010

“I kid you not, statistics are now the sexiest subject on the planet.”

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling is my idol, his online lectures are of this eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny kind. He is not only the developer of gapminder, a really cool information visualization software for animation of statistics but also an international known medical doctor, academic, statistician and public speaker.
In his videos ‘The Joy of Stats’ he shows exactly why some people (including me) have a passion for statistics, it is exciting and fun to find the story behind the data, tell it in a visual appealing way and make sense of the world.

You can find many more great lectures on TED or of The Joy of Stats series.

UPDATE: The Joy of Stats is now available in its entirety on Gapminder



Online book: Introduction to data mining

December 26, 2010

What a great online book about Data Mining!!! Thanks to the authors for providing this book for free but honestly I would buy the book if it was available in print (now I need to do a lot of printing work).

What is it that makes this book so great? The structure and visualization are what caught my attention. Have a look at the table of content it is actually a Data Mining Map; what a great idea to use structured map.

The authorsĀ“ approach is practical and does not go too deep in explanations which is good if you are not interested in the theoretical equations behind the stats. You will find a lot of pictures, tables, definitions and exercises but less formulas. This online book was created by Dr. Saed Sayad in a collaboration with Professor Stephen T. Balke in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.