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Friday, July 14, 2017

UN Scatterplot (Animated)

Saw this tremendous TED Talk which was one of the first to really use what's now called "Big Data" to show economic development trends. It's really such a fantastic presentation, that this time was inspired to load some data into #QlikView (which has an animated chart feature), and give it a go. In this data from the UN & World Bank, you can see how life expectancy of many countries improves from 1970 to 2010, as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) improves. This is due to improved access to food, healthcare, maternity & pre-natal care, vaccinations against common disease, and proper sanitation, etc. ...But also, it shows two parts of something even more interesting. Specifically, that (A.) the improvements to life expectancy start to peter-out after about 70 yrs. of age, and (B.) very significant improvements in the so called "Developing World" happened between 1980 and 2000, approximately. For instance, the populations of China & India (big yellow bubbles), made dramatic advancements over that time. ...All fascinating stuff!

(~ 18 min.)


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