Pivot – a new way to look at data

Last month, Microsoft Live Labs released a new experiment called Pivot, which allows interaction with large data sets through an easy-to-use interface. Users can work with vast amounts of data, shifting from broad to narrow queries and back again. Watch Gary Flake’s TED2010 talk to see it in action.

Pivot can be downloaded from www.getpivot.com/download, but requires Windows 7 or Vista and IE8. Being a Mac / Windows XP user, I’m keen to hear from others who have managed to install and experiment with this. Any applications for official statistics?

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Jessica Gardner

Statistical consultant with a focus on gender analysis, dissemination and communication of statistics.

One thought on “Pivot – a new way to look at data”

  1. Just installed and tried it.
    From a first look, it doesn’t look like a really helpful tool for statistics. It may be used for some literature research about some major topics though.
    If they start include more topics in their collection menu its gonna be more interesting.

    Thanks for letting us know about this!🙂

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