Statistical information is so close to everyday life and – at the same time – often so far from our personal experience. It’s all about averages, medians … .
Attempts to bridge this gap exist.
Inflation is one prominent example. Several National Statistical Offices have developped inflation calculators giving users a tool to adapt data to specific personal situations and to give better insight in the methods (see the explanations introducing the calculators).
DESTATIS’ personal inflation calculator (using SVG)
This calculator has been adapted to other countries. So by ONS (UK) or INSEE (France)
INSEE Simuler un indice des prix personnalisé
There is also a Slovenian version and
a Dutch one in Flash (thanks Katja!)
Statistics Switzerland has developed another flavour of such a calculator