The cost of Christmas, the greatest ever Christmas music, and putting an end to the most important Festive argument once and for all… The Christmas Data Roundup has a little something for everyone.

The Christmas Price Index

Christmas Price Index - the cost of living

For 35 years, financial advisors PNC have calculated the price of the twelve gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The result is the Christmas Price Index, which shows the current cost for one set of each of the gifts given in the song – similar to the U.S. Consumer Price Index, which measures the changing prices of goods and services like housing, food, clothing, transportation of the average American, but for Leaping Lords and Partridges.

So, what’s the greatest Christmas song for the office party?

So what is the greatest Christmas song?

So, it’s almost upon us, Christmas. Although sometimes it feels as if we’ve been listening to Christmas songs for months. But are there any festive tunes that get you really in the mood? Well, now that we can quantify all the different elements of a song – like danceability, accoustiness, valence, energy, pitchiness – we can spot the patterns that make a great Christmas song. The study uses Spotify data to analyse the ‘greatest’ Christmas songs to find out how their musical features are connected – and identify the most positive and danceable songs for the party!

Is Die Hard really a Christmas movie? Let the data decide…

Ok, enough bickering. Let’s settle this once and for all… Is Die Hard really a Christmas movie? What better way to settle this annual (or rather, eternal) quarrel than by using the data? And along the way, test Die Hard’s Christmas bona fides against all movies in cinemas for the past thirty years… Grab the pop corn, this is going to get interesting. Yippie-Ki-Yay.

The concentration of your festive menu

Where your Christmas dinner is grown

Right, we’ve covered music and movies, so it’s only logical that we tuck into some food. This mapping visualisation lets you dissect your Christmas menu to see where its chief ingredients are grown and how growing areas for the traditional Christmas Dinner ingredients in England have changed from 1945 to 2018.

Statistic of the year 2018

90.5%… That is the Statistic of the Year 2018. And the worryingly large proportion of plastic waste that’s never been recycled. Estimated at 6,300 million metric tonnes, it’s thought that around 12% of all plastic waste has been incinerated, with roughly 79% accumulating in either landfill or the natural environment. Other entries to for the title include a plethora of issues, from the reduction in global ‘absolute poverty’ to the number of Jaffa cakes present in its Christmas tube – illustrating the phenomenon of ‘shrinkflation’.

For the last quarter-century, the Royal Statistical Society has published a fiendishly difficult Christmas quiz to entertain puzzle fans over the festive break – and 2018 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Royal Statistical Society’s “fiendishly difficult” Christmas quiz.  Cracking the 15 problems of the quiz will require a potent mix of general knowledge, logic, and lateral thinking – but, as usual, no specialist maths knowledge. You have ‘til the 3 January to get your entries in.

What was trending in 2018

Now that a new year is almost upon us, it’s a good time to look back at the year that was. And the most accurate way to look back today isn’t through sepia tinted glasses, but by using the real data that we all created in 2018. Google’s Year in Review lists the terms that had the highest spikes in 2018 compared to the previous years, to show the subjects that really piquedour interest.



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