The statistics of the ultimate TED talk

By Hilary Miller 04/05/2010


TED.com is one of my favourite websites – every week they have fantastic new talks from “the worlds most fascinating thinkers and doers”.  This weeks highlight is this talk from Sebastian Wernicke, where he does the stats on what makes the “most favorited” TED talks, and comes up with how to construct the ultimate TED talk.  I wonder if these stats hold true for other talks outside of TED? Maybe something to think about next time you’re asked to give a presentation…

In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating “the optimum TEDTalk” based on user ratings. How do you rate it? “Jaw-dropping”? “Unconvincing”? Or just plain “Funny”?