TED talks

Posted in Seminar/Conference by Robin Ryder on 8 December 2010

At the PhD students’ seminar last Thursday, there was a brief discussion about TED talks, which are apparently not as well known as I thought. The TED conferences gather together brilliant people from very different areas, who have 20 minutes to present their work to a lay audience. The talks are often of very high quality and are put online a few months later (under a free Creative Commons licence).

One of the best stats talks has got to be Hans Rosling, who does amazing things with data visualization:

Another enjoyable visualization talk is David McCandless showing graphs from Information is Beautiful:

Peter Donnelly also gave a TED talk on how difficult it is to interpret even simple statistics, but it is not the best talk. He made similar points when I followed his Introduction to Statistics lecture in Oxford, but they were much more convincing when he had more time to expand on them.

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