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Livings Statistics: Height Tool



Welcome to the webpage on human body height in Switzerland. The site provides:

  • An Online Teaching Tool for university teachers to conduct live studies with their students on their heights and to then use the data to discuss basic aspects of quantitative methods

    Topics covered: scales, types of plots, measures of central tendency and dispersion, 95% confidence intervals, t-tests.

  • More information on human body height in Switzerland: Scientific background, reference values (how tall am I?), data and publications.

Weiterführende Informationen


PD Dr. Kaspar Staub
Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)
Medical Faculty
University of Zurich 


Preview: The Teaching Tool

More about Preview: The Teaching Tool

Programmed in R Shiny. Find more information on how to conduct a live-study here or visit the tool here


Preview: How tall am I?

More about Preview: How tall am I?

Locate yourself on the population of today’s height distribution chart and from the 1940s here.

Presentation "Tag der Lehre 2018"

The tool has been presented at "Tag der Lehre 2018". (Slides)