Look at the Elections

18 October 2015

On October 18, 2015, Swiss voters elect a new Parliament for the next four years.

snip_201510181systemSource: https://www.bk.admin.ch/

More about Swiss elections here

For the National Council (200 members), 3,802 candidates and more than 22 political parties take part.

And the winners are …

The polling stations closed at 12 AM. The results arrive canton by canton and are presented in an interactive visualisation – minute by minute.


Results as of 5 PM

By clicking one of the symbols, the details for a canton appear.


The results are updated in a database, and a script generates a visualisation on the spot. An easy way to follow the elections!

It’s the Statistical Atlas of the Federal Statistical Office that enables this presentation. And it’s no longer Adobe Flash needed to do it ;-).

100 Years

Comparing statistical visualizations over a period of 100 years is quite rare. The newly published Atlas of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office offers just this possibility.


100 years ago Statistics Switzerland published a Graphic-Statistical Atlas. It was a wonderful visualization of dozens of topics and developments. All the diagrams and maps were hand-made and of superb quality.



In order to honor this great work, Statistics Switzerland did it again. A facsimile of the old Atlas is now accompanied by quite the same diagrams and maps but filled wth data from our century. With this technique, a visual overview of changes during the last century becomes possible and gives fascinating insights.


The Atlas is available in Geman and French at http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/de/index/news/publikationen.html?publicationID=6327


1901-1910 original visualization


2001-2010 updated visualization



1901-1910 original visualization


2001-2010 updated visualization


Your Life – Our Life – Best Wishes for 2015

What would YOU do with these data sources?

UNdata, Institute for Population and Social Security Research, Population Reference Bureau, GeoHive, timeanddate.com, Exploratorium, Cardio Research Web Project, US Geological Survey, Geoscience Australia, Global Volcanism Project, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, International Programme on the State of the Ocean, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, US Energy Information Administration, BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, Live Science, Discover Wildlife,World Wide Fund for Nature, ICUN Red List, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Enchanted Learning,Astropro ©1997-2000 by Richard Nolle, Wikipedia.

BBC had an idea

BBC had a great idea personalizing these data to our life and visualizing developments that arrived during our lifetime.

 And: blogstats wishes a Happy New Year!

Statistics with a Feeling of Joy

‘Attacking statistical problems with a feeling of joy.. and not from a position of fear and self-doubt’. That’s the message of John Rauser using computational models in statistical argumentation.

Look at this, perfect presentation!



From the 2014 Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York City, 17.10.2014


SEO: Abbreviate and Facilitate Conveying Information

Copperplate Charts

When William Playfair started using visualisations in his books he saw it as a means to bring information faster to his readers:


From William Playfair’s ‘Lineal Arithmetic; applied to shew the progress of the commerce and revenue of England’, 1798

And he did it with copperplate charts, like this:



Search engines

Today search engines have the same ambition: to open up information fast and efficiently. And tons of articles help making  this better than competing information providers. The following table does this in visual form like Playfair would have done (?).


For statistical websites these elements play a positive role: Cf, Lq, Ln and Ta. Some work has surely to be done for Sr and Ss.

Aerial Views

Depict reality with photograps has a long tradition: On Wikimedia Commons the Swiss National Library published a series of old and stunning aerial photographs made by the pioneer of ballooning Eduard Spelterini (June 2, 1852 – June 16, 1931).





Matterhorn, January 1 1910

CH-NB_-_Mont-Blanc-Gruppe_-_Eduard_Spelterini_-_EAD-WEHR-32070-B.tifMont Blanc, January 1 1909


CH-NB_-_Aegypten,_Totenstadt_-_Eduard_Spelterini_-_EAD-WEHR-32040-B.tifEgypt, Town of the Dead, January 1 1904


Egypt, Pyramids Gizeh, January 1 1904

More >>>>> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Eduard_Spelterini