Online Help for the Animations

As of the 23rd May 2022 this website is archived and will receive no further updates. was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

Many of the animations were produced using Flash and will no longer work.

Accessing our animations

To see our animations, please download the latest Flash player from the Adobe site. If you already have a Flash player installed, check that it is at least a version 9 player. If you do have a version 9 player, it will prompt you whenever new updates are available.

Flash and Flex

Our early animations are written using the Adobe Flash program. More recently we have started to use Adobe Flex Builder. You can tell the animations created in Flex as they are the ones with the gold title bar. Flex, as the name suggests, allows us to do more with the animations, and in particular it makes it possible for us to package them for offline use.


Please upgrade your Flash Player

FlowGraph is a downloadable application that can import spreadsheet data and animate it in a manner similar to a Google Motion Chart. Motion Charts are based on Hans Rosling's GapMinder program. The advantage of the FlowGraph application is that it can run offline using local data rather than Google Doc spreadsheets. It requires a comma separated variable file with column headings in the first row. Examples are included in the distribution.

The AIR runtime
Some of our Flex animations will be available as AIR downloads. AIR stands for 'Adobe Interactive Runtime'. It's a downloadable runtime that, once installed, allows you to run our animations offline.

We'll shortly be making this animation available as an AIR download. Meanwhile you can access it online here.

Survival Data

Follow the link to download the life tables which drive the Survival animation.

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