Statistics: Visualizing Data

TED Studies, created in collaboration with Wiley, are curated video collections — supplemented by rich educational materials — for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Visualizing Data, TED speakers shake up statistics with elegant, dynamic representations that make mountains of data comprehensible — and even exciting. Learn how to visualize data and present complicated statistics in elegant and captivating ways. Relevant areas of interest, study and coursework include: information design, demography, statistical literacy, economics, sociology, media studies, linguistics, meteorology and computer science.

Learning outcomes

TED's Visualizing Data will provide learners with a deeper knowledge of:

  • Several diverse and creative ways to display data
  • How data can transform our understanding of the world
  • How presenting data in the right way can offer powerful insights
  • How to appreciate the interplay between creative art and scientific data
  • Current advances in the ways in which we can learn from data (including sight and sound)
  • How technology is expanding both our access to data and our ability to use and display it effectively
  • How to apply new data visualization methods to produce creative displays of information
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of data displays.

Relevant talks

Introductory essay

Begin Visualizing Data with a fascinating read that gives context and clarity to the material.

About the educators

TED Studies professors: the Locks

Robin Lock, Patti Frazier Lock, Kari Lock Morgan, Eric Lock and Dennis Lock are a family of five statisticians. Their book Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data (Wiley, 2013) uses modern simulation methods and the power of visualization to build conceptual understanding of the key ideas of statistical inference.

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