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Open Source Freakonomics

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Arguably one of the most influential books of the decade is Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.” The book explores seemingly unrelated economic data to answer questions like: “Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?” or “Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool?” (You can find out more on their website.)

Like “Tipping Point” or “Long Tail”, “Freakonomics” has become a household word. Now, in the spirit of Freakonomics, comes Swivel, a user-generated content site where “curious people explore all kinds of data”. Given the free-form nature of the site, I wonder how useful it will ultimately be, but at a minimum, it sure looks like it’ll be fun to poke around.

Geoff Teehan More posts by Geoff Teehan