Monday, June 05, 2006

As the World Turns

The Gapminder tool lets you watch a country's development -- or collapse -- over time. And you can get to choose the parameters.

There's cool tool called Gapminder which (if you've got the right Java and plugins) allow you to follow the fortunes of a country over time. A screenshot is of the tool is shown below. I recommend that you use the linear, rather than log settings (in the lower right hand corner) and set the playback speed to the lowest possible. Then let her rip.

 

Gapminder

 

 

It's instructive to follow the fortunes of the individual countries to see how they do both in absolute terms and in comparison with others. The UAE and Saudi Arabia, for instance, tell a tale. If you start in 1975, for example, you will the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the oil-rich Gulf states level or beyond the US in per capita income as shown below. Then move the slider (bottom of the screen forward to 2004) or play the animation and watch the "oil-rich" countries slide inexorably leftward.

 

The world in 1975


 

The world in 2004

 

Visualization allows to spatially "see" things that have no apparent meaning in tabular form. The world in 2004 looks way more laterally spread out than 1975. But in the process, the US seems to have also "broken away" from peloton, though this may be more apparent than real.

9 Comments:

Blogger Occasus Pars Clamo said...

Very cool.

6/05/2006 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger neuroconservative said...

Who's the orange dot on the far right of the 2004 plot?

6/05/2006 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jorge Curioso said...

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Luxembourg

6/06/2006 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

neuro:
Pluto?

6/06/2006 03:42:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

It was a moon which orbited earth until it suddenly reached escape velocity in 1988.

6/06/2006 03:49:00 AM  
Blogger Habu_1 said...

As a general rule it is better to have money than not.
I am glad my dots and curvy lines are where the wealth is located.
Now if I could just develop the Willie Sutton mind set ......

A seriously cool tool.

6/09/2006 06:57:00 AM  
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