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TEDpad – Learn what makes a great and really bad TED talk
May 12, 2010, 10:26 am
Filed under: Actionable Insights, Analytics, Data, Datarati, Predicitive Modelling, Statistics | Tags: ,

This is pretty cool. Statistiacal analysis of the first 525 TED talks has revealed the ideal words, phrases to use in your TED talk.

Check it out. You can create one of your own!!!

More: http://get-tedpad.com/index.html


The mathematics of war – when to pull out? Look at the data!
January 5, 2010, 10:06 pm
Filed under: Data, Datarati, Research, Statistics, Uncategorized, Video, Visualisation | Tags: , ,

When should the troops be pulled from Iraq? Have a look at the data.

This is a very thought provoking 7 minute video from Sean Gourley.

A Rhodes scholar, he’s spent the past five years working at Oxford on complex adaptive systems and collective intelligent systems — basically, using data to understand the nature of human conflict.

As he puts it, “This research has taken me all over the world from the Pentagon, to the House of Lords, the United Nations and most recently to Iraq.

He is  currently working as a political advisor to the new Iraqi government.” Originally from New Zealand, he now lives in San Francisco, where he works on the internet startup younoodle.com and competes in decathlons.

Watch Now! http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/532

Using statistics to tell a story
November 30, 2009, 2:24 am
Filed under: Datarati, Visualisation | Tags: ,

Hans Rosling is the Zen Master of presenting statistics. Hans proves what we all know, even if our teachers from yesteryear did not:  Statistics are not boring. Statistics tell a story. Hans gave this talk at TEDIndia a couple of weeks ago.

Watch Now: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when.html


If you can predict…
April 11, 2009, 9:40 am
Filed under: Predicitive Modelling | Tags: ,


Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses mathematical analysis to predict (very often correctly) such messy human events as war, political power shifts, Intifada … After a crisp explanation of how he does it, he offers three predictions on the future of Iran.


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