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Statistics Through Dance

Understanding statistics is hard. But understanding statistics is also very important. Not only could it get you a sweet job at a place like Google, but it could help you understand whether a medical treatment is worth the risk or whether that one Malcolm Gladwell book is really full of crap or just has a light dusting of the brown stuff.

This video project from the British Psychological Society aims to demonstrate some common statistics principles using dance. The video above shows what frequency distribution looks like on the dance floor, and there’s a playlist with more here.

It’s one of the most interesting attempts I’ve seen to translate stats concepts I’ve seen, and one that doesn’t use a single number! That’s good for people who are scared of numbers, which is a lot of you, apparently.

I don’t know if it approaches the stats magic of Hans Rosling, but really, what does?