Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.


Olson concludes:

1. The bottom of the left page is a good place to start. If Waldo isn’t on the bottom half of the left page, then he’s probably not on the left page at all.
2. The upper quarter of the right page is the next best place to look. Waldo seems to prefer to hide on the upper quarter of the right page.
3. Next check the bottom right half of the right page. Waldo also has an aversion to the bottom left half of the right page. Don’t bother looking there until you’ve exhausted the other hot spots. (

For an in-depth explanation of how to find Waldo and how Randy Olson came to these conclusions, check out his original post. You can follow this clever fellow on Twitter and Facebook.






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