Songs of Statistics


5 August 2009


If you love statistics (don’t we all?) and can write Chinese (which rules me out), you might like to contribute to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the “founding of New China”. They are calling for submissions of prose, poetry or song which will “enhance people’s patriotic feelings, statistics and confidence”. Here is an English translation of the page.

Some further translations are on the WSJ page.

I especially like this section from “Love the Homeland, Love Statistics”:

Because of statistics
I can solve the deepest mysteries
Because of statistics
I will not be lonely again, playing in the data
Because of statistics
I can rearrange the stars in the skies above
Because of statistics
My life is different, more meaningful
I love my life, my statistics

Ah. We’re an emotional lot really.