Economic Education – Option B, I would love to read about how the table was created

If you’re reading this on the blog, Option A below is a quicker read !

Table of economic, maths, scientific words, phrases 

Started with some data collected from previous financial visualization project from Many Eyes Wikified, which then pasted into Tagcrowd (Tagcrowd due to option to create a list to ignore irrelevant words and group common ones) with 1500 words maximum. Not including most economics terms or thinkers (for future post) Investopedia dictionary is one option, although sometimes I found that I needed to go to two or three levels in order to try and understand something or look elsewhere. I am not including definitions, I am not a dictionary or a computer generated program (as far as I know).

Repeated same process (but with 8,000 words) for selected posts/comments that I had read ( delicious links ) and pasted into Tagcrowd etc Don’t want to put in words that I think should be there, just words that I’ve found, if that makes sense.

One interesting source of words used in economics blogs, is Leigh Caldwell’s weekly wordle on Knowing and Making blog. A must-read in my opinion is also Catherine Mulbrandon’s thesis on Visualizing Economics, which looks at how financial data has been presented and how it can potentially show misleading ideas because of how, what and where it has been presented (mostly looking at graphics not words). You also don’t need to be an economics, maths, scientific expert to understand most of what she has written, which is wonderful ! Also the recent flowingdata post on creating  tables.

Oh and when wading through data, listening to the simply brilliant  Armin Van Buuren . And whilst I’m at it…

Actually one of the ideas I’ve been babbling about to random people over the last few years but never done anything with was 1001 DJ nights  to mobilise DJs to create at least one hour of open royalty free music, and to create a website where each hour could be uploaded, remixed, shared, used in education etc as often as people want, until it reached 1001 hours. I thought it would especially be an opportunity for local,  less well-known DJs to put themselves on a global map. I don’t know if such a site already exists, I don’t have the right music industry contacts to kickstart it and I don’t have time to even think about it or get involved in doing it, so if anyone reading this and feels inspired, knows anyone and/or thinks it’s worthwhile…

Enough of that. With table, decided not to separate out into maths or science etc columns because they naturally fall into more than one area. Will continue to update and would welcome any additions. The kind of rationale for the numbering according to complexity (3 being more complex than 1) is based on e.g. if you came across a term such as ‘philosophy’, ‘psychology’ and looked it up somewhere/asked around, you could probably have some idea (but not an in-depth understanding of it) without having to look at too many additional sources, compared to e.g. ’empirical’.

I realise the posts so far on this are not very well connected in terms of thinking, have been attempting to do some scene setting and this attempt to create a table might not actually be of any use for reference in future posts. But now can return to spirit of learn4kicks and start having some fun!


Some free online tutorials 

I haven’t looked at any of these yet. There are thousands out there. Searching Youtube etc too. These are in addition to the ones on Free

Baseline Scenario
InDebtEd * Don’t recommend as a start if new to economics
Don’t recommend as a start if new to economics
Welker’s Wikinomics 

Free online books – not recommended if completely new to economics, for when you’re really hooked and curious: Wall Street Stories , Risk, Uncertainty and Profit , A Tiger by the Tail

Maths / Science
Khan Academy
Story of Maths
Free Science Lectures
Physics Classroom
Learn Physics online
Maths, Physics Animations
Free maths courses online

*Via Workplace Learning / Brandon Hall