Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Context? There's an app for that

Or at least a chrome extension.

The Dictionary of Numbers is a browser add on that gives context to the numbers people throw out there.  Apparently it will add in line context to numbers it encounters (ie 8 million people = about the population of NYC), and also provides a search function when that doesn't work.

I'm going to try this out and see how I like it.  Intentionally or not, people are always throwing out big numbers without proper context, and something like this could really help mollify that.

I'll be reporting back.


  1. Interesting.

    If the number is mentioned in an article full of references to health, will the Context Number example also be a health-related statistic?

    1. I haven't seen that yet, but it did just tell me my checking account balance was about the per capita income of Mexico.

      That put my morning in perspective.