Reviews and Blog Posts: statistics


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This is a wonderfully done visual adaptation of the very popular book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  I especially liked the extensive commentary from the authors, explaining in their own words and voices how these projects came about and what they hoped to learn from them!

Statistically speaking, you may or may not know jack!

Mt Elbert

Did you know that Florida has the lowest highest elevation point of the fifty states? It's Britton Hill at 345 feet above sea level. And Colorado has the highest lowest point - Arikaree River at 3,315 feet above sea level. See for yourself.

Super graphic : a visual guide to the comic book universe

by Tim Leong

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This gloriously silly collection of comics-related infographics comes from Tim Leong, an art director at Wired magazine. The assorted charts and pie graphs are funny, irreverent and sometimes even informative! Highlights include a Chris Ware sadness scale, a Venn diagram of superhero comic tropes (Cape, Tragically Dead Parents, Underwear on...

Our Democracy Un-Spun! #8 – Statistical Hot Spots & The Debates


In 1776, some of the founding fathers borrowed money from France and the Netherlands to help fund the American Revolution. We owed $43 million by January 1, 1783. Congress voted to raise taxes, as well as to assume some public debt.

In 1790, with a debt estimated at $77.1 million, interest-bearing bonds were issued and the government established its good credit. Alexander Hamilton became our first Secretary of the Treasury. He helped design the strong centralized funding of the United States, including tariffs and taxes. The Louisiana Purchase cost $15 million, at just 4 cents per acre, but it derailed efforts to pay down the debt at that time.

Our Democracy Un-Spun! #7 – Statistics & How Can We Know the Truth?


"Even such fundamental mathematical verities as … ‘1 and 1 are 2,’ can be misapplied: one cup of...

water plus one cup of popcorn are not equal to two cups of soggy popcorn." John Allen Paulos, Innumeracy, p. 67.

2010 Annual Report of the Denver Public Library

The 2010 Annual Report (pdf) is now available.

In 2010, customers made 4 million visits to the Denver Public Library, borrowed 9.3 million items, and conducted more than 40 million online transactions.

Here are some Library numbers we believe are also important:

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