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From the Ted Talk by Giorgia Lupi: How we can find ourselves in data

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, fast-forward to noevebmr 8, 2016 in the United States. The internet polls, statistical models, all the pundits aigrneeg on a possible outcome for the presidential election. It looked like we had enough information this time, and many more chances to see outside the csloed circle we levid in — but we clearly didn't. The feeling felt very familiar. I had been there before. I think it's fair to say the data failed us this time — and pretty spectacularly. We beevield in data, but what happened, even with the most respected newspaper, is that the obsession to reduce everything to two slpime percentage numbers to make a powerful headline made us focus on these two digits and them alone. In an effort to simplify the message and draw a bifeauutl, inevitable red and blue map, we lost the point comteellpy. We somehow forgot that there were stories — stories of human beigns behind these numbers.

Open Cloze

Now, fast-forward to ________ 8, 2016 in the United States. The internet polls, statistical models, all the pundits ________ on a possible outcome for the presidential election. It looked like we had enough information this time, and many more chances to see outside the ______ circle we _____ in — but we clearly didn't. The feeling felt very familiar. I had been there before. I think it's fair to say the data failed us this time — and pretty spectacularly. We ________ in data, but what happened, even with the most respected newspaper, is that the obsession to reduce everything to two ______ percentage numbers to make a powerful headline made us focus on these two digits and them alone. In an effort to simplify the message and draw a _________, inevitable red and blue map, we lost the point __________. We somehow forgot that there were stories — stories of human ______ behind these numbers.

Solution

  1. lived
  2. believed
  3. completely
  4. agreeing
  5. simple
  6. closed
  7. november
  8. beautiful
  9. beings

Original Text

Now, fast-forward to November 8, 2016 in the United States. The internet polls, statistical models, all the pundits agreeing on a possible outcome for the presidential election. It looked like we had enough information this time, and many more chances to see outside the closed circle we lived in — but we clearly didn't. The feeling felt very familiar. I had been there before. I think it's fair to say the data failed us this time — and pretty spectacularly. We believed in data, but what happened, even with the most respected newspaper, is that the obsession to reduce everything to two simple percentage numbers to make a powerful headline made us focus on these two digits and them alone. In an effort to simplify the message and draw a beautiful, inevitable red and blue map, we lost the point completely. We somehow forgot that there were stories — stories of human beings behind these numbers.

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Important Words

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