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When lecturing statistics, it can be useful to incorporate the occasional short video.

My first thoughts included:

  1. Animations and visualisations of statistical concepts
  2. Stories regarding the application of a particular technique
  3. Humorous videos that have relevance to a statistical idea
  4. Interviews with a statistician or a researcher who uses statistics

Are there any videos that you use when teaching statistics or that you think would be useful?

Please provide:

  • Link to the video online
  • Description of content
  • To what statistical topic the video might relate
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Great question!! – Tal Galili Aug 24 '10 at 2:54


A big list of animation "clips" (gif's or other formats), through the use of the "animation" package (R). Including the following topics:

Topics(in each of them there are 1 or more animation, by topic)

  • Theory of Probability
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Sampling Survey
  • Linear Models
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Nonparametric Statistics (no videos yet)
  • Computational Statistics
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Data Mining, Machine Learning
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • R Graphics
  • Package ''animation''
  • Dynamic Graphics

Through the use of the package, the animations can be reproduced in various formats (such as gif, aws, and others)

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This looks good. Thanks. – Jeromy Anglim Aug 24 '10 at 3:14

ASA Sections on: Statistical Computing Statistical Graphics has a video library:

It contains a large number of interesting videos relevant to statistical computing and graphics. The videos go back as far as the 1960s.

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Although most of them don't seem relevant for the OP questions, still, this is a nice link - thanks Jeromy! – Tal Galili Aug 25 '10 at 13:20

In the category (3) of humorous videos, check out 'Statz rappers'; general interest. (Pretty funny even to older people ;-).)

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beautiful link, thanks Jeromy. – Tal Galili Oct 16 '10 at 8:45
Really nice, too bad I'm working with medical journals that are stuck in the paper format. +1 for inspiration – Max Gordon Jan 13 '12 at 7:40

This is a great short video about trend VS the variation around it:

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Very nice short video – Max Gordon Jan 13 '12 at 7:43

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