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A graph is born

The Commission churns out endless amounts of data every year, often packaged neatly into composite indicators that summarise complex data sets. Inga Vesper talks to statistician Stefano Tarantola about what lies behind the graphs.

The Innovation Union scoreboard, produced every two years by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, is packed full of information on innovation performance and spending of EU member states. Most importantly, it provides rankings of nations based on so-called ‘composite indicators’ for innovation.

These composite indicators are based on several data sets, which are added together to form a specific indicator—a number that can be used for rankings to monitor nations’ respective progress. They provide a statistical value for any complex phenomenon that policymakers want to measure.

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