The Young Stats Communication Challenge

The Aus­tralian Young Sta­tis­ti­cians Con­fer­ence (Feb 2013) is orga­niz­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pe­ti­tion. They invite all early-​​career sta­tis­ti­cians (study­ing, or within 5 years of grad­u­a­tion) to pro­duce a short (3−5 minute) video for the ABS YSC2013 Video Com­pe­ti­tion, or a sta­tic info­graphic for the ABS YSC2013 Info­graphic Competition.

Both com­pe­ti­tions have a 1st prize of $500, and 2nd prize of $250.

Entries close 16th Novem­ber, and win­ners will be noti­fied by mid-​​December.

Details avail­able at: ysc2013​.com/​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​/​c​o​m​p​e​t​i​t​ions/

I’m a speaker at the con­fer­ence, so hope­fully I will get to see some of the great entries!


Data visualization videos

Prob­a­bly every­one has seen Hans Rosling’s famous TED talk by now. If not, here it is:

I recently came across a cou­ple of other excep­tional talks on data visualization:

Hans Rosling again: “Let my dataset change your mind­set”. If only all sta­tis­tics lec­tur­ers were this dynamic!

David McCan­d­less: “The beauty of data visu­al­iza­tion”. Not so excit­ing as Hans, but some great exam­ples.

And here’s an hour-​​length doc­u­men­tary hosted by Hans Rosling called “The Joy of Stats”.

Learning by video

There are some nice online videos avail­able on var­i­ous aspects of sta­tis­tics and math­e­mat­ics that might be help­ful to stu­dents try­ing to learn about new areas.

A search on YouTube will lead to a few fairly basic videos.

A bet­ter place to go is YouTube EDU which con­tains mate­r­ial from universities.

Some­thing sim­i­lar is offered at iTunesU

But the best stuff is on Aca­d­e­mic Earth. For example,

These are all excel­lent full lec­ture courses from some of the top US uni­ver­si­ties (Berke­ley, Har­vard, MIT, Prince­ton, Stan­ford, UCLA, Yale).

If any­one knows of some other good sources, please share them in the comments.