Algorithms for the Traveling Salesman Problem visualized

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

The Traveling Salesman Problem is a popular puzzle that asks for the shortest route between a set of points such that you visit each point once and end up back where you started. The problem is trivial for a few points, but it gets tricky as you add more. Here are are a few of the strategies in action.

See also this interactive simulation.

Or, you can try using genetic algorithms. [via kottke]


Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by age.

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.