[FoRK] World Map of Happiness

Dave Long < dave.long at bluewin.ch > on > Tue Aug 1 03:00:42 PDT 2006

It's difficult to imagine the league table from the "world map of 
happiness" is meant for much more than Entertainment Purposes Only.
(how about http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/, instead?)

The "SWL" ratings, such as 273.33, are given to 5 significant places, 
yet there are only 4 different scores among the "top" dozen countries.  
Down around the USA, alphabetical order explains the entire supposed 
difference between "16. Antigua" and "25. Venezuela" -- and by this 
point, the table has only had six distinct values.

It's appropriate that it's a psychologist who holds this excel paste to 
be "data"; feel free to comment on it, but any narrow conclusions drawn 
from such an ink blot probably say much more about the commentator than 
about the world.

-Dave

yet another GIGO: Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, and Finland


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