Tuesday, January 15, 2013

RSSeNews - Hal Varian’s ‘Statistics at Google’ talk now available to view

From: January 14, 2013 News

At its conference last year, the RSS hosted a talk by Google’s chief economist, Hal Varian.
Footage of his talk is now available to view here:
In his talk, Hal outlined how statistics are used at Google in a number of areas, what kind of skills Google finds valuable, and what the future might hold for data analysis in technology-intensive industries.
The talk is one of a number of sessions at the conference filmed by the RSS. Footage of other sessions will be uploaded on the RSS conference website in due course.

Friday, January 11, 2013

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

From: 09/01/2013 - The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge
The challenge, conducted in concert with Visualizing.org, was launched in September 2012 to solicit visualisations based on the OECD’s data-rich Education at a Glance report.  Entries from around the world focused on data related to the economic costs and return on investment in education — both for the individual and for society. Winners Krisztina Szucs and Mate Cziner from Hungary were chosen for successfully breaking down the complex interplay between costs and returns into a form that is easy to compare.[please see below]. Their entry takes a detailed look at public vs. private and men vs. women for selected countries, which can be changed. 
The judges were particularly impressed by the angled slope format of the visualisation, which encourages comparison between the upper-secondary and tertiary benefits of education. Szucs and Cziner were also lauded for their striking visual design, which draws users into exploring their piece.