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Gini Coefficients and the Olympic Medal Race

Today’s post will attempt to answer a provocative question: is the race for Olympic medal dominance getting more competitive? In the process of addressing this topic, we’ll learn how to directly import data from WolframAlpha into Mathematica.

If you watched any of the Olympics over the past two weeks, you likely became familiar with the medal count table. This table is a grossly reductionist metric of national achievement at the Olympics. Nonetheless, it provides a useful way to quantify the aggregate performance of different nations.

The United States took home 104 medals from the 2012 games, placing it at the top of the medal table. The race for the most medals was exciting, though, as China and Russia were not far behind.

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