Statistics can be confusing. Not only can complex research be difficult for the layperson to sift through, but news outlets and politicians are eager to jump on any new figures that make a compelling story (or seem to prove a point). And in doing so, we often fail to see the forest for the trees. But this simple animation about a man walking his dog reminds us that, when dealing with statistical trends, it’s important to keep the bigger picture in mind.
Originally featured on the Norwegian science television series Siffer (Digit in English) and posted on YouTube by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Research and Evaluation Center in 2014, the short video has recently resurfaced in conversations surrounding newly released crime statistics for large cities.
[h/t The Science of Us]