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Interactive maps with R

You can make static maps in R relatively well, if you know what packages to use and what to look for, but there isn't much direct interaction with your graphics.…

Learn R interactively with the swirl package

R, the statistical computing language of choice and what I use the most, can seem odd to those new to the language or programming. And I think this what holds…

Introducing R to a non-programmer, in an hour

Biostatistics PhD candidate Alyssa Frazee was tasked with teaching her sister, an undergraduate in sociology, how to use R. She had only one hour. Once you load in a dataset,…

Bokeh, a Python library for interactive visualization

Bokeh, a Python library by Continuum Analytics, helps you visualize your data on the web. Bokeh is a Python interactive visualization library for large datasets that natively uses the latest…

Databases for lazy people, a Python library

Friedrich Lindenberg and Gregor Aisch recently released dataset, a Python library to take the grunt work out of using databases in Python. Although managing data in relational database has plenty…

Responsive maps with D3.js

A challenge these days with visualization is that a piece might look great on a computer monitor and then break on a tablet or phone. However, if you design your…

R plotting package ggplot2 ported to Python

Those who use the ggplot2 package in R and do everything else in Python will appreciate this Python port of the package from yhat. Excel makes some great looking plots,…

Raw, a tool to turn spreadsheets to vector graphics

Sometimes it can be a challenge to produce data graphics in vector format, which is useful for high-resolution prints. Raw, an alpha-version tool by Density Design, helps make the process…

Easier Census data browsing with CensusReporter

Census data can be interesting and super informative, but getting the data out of the dreaded American FactFinder is often a pain, especially if you don't know the exact table…

Excel paintings

Tatsuo Horiuchi wanted to learn something new before retiring, so he bought a computer and booted up Microsoft Excel. Traditional graphics software from companies like Adobe were too expensive. Hariuchi's…

Introduction to R, a video series by Google

Google released a 21-part short video series that introduces R. Most of the videos are about two minutes, with none of them going over six, and each one is a…

Beer Mapper: An experimental app to find the right beer for you

Kevin Jamieson, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, put his work in active ranking into practice. The experimental app is called Beer Mapper. The…

Binify for hexagon binning in Python

As an alternative to dot density maps, Binify by Kevin Schaul allows you to map with hexagon binning in Python. Dot density maps are a straightforward way to visualize location…

Vega: A visualization grammar to create without programming

Visualization online can be a challenge if you don't know how to program. Analytics startup Trifacta just lightened the load with Vega, a "visualization grammar" that lets you create and…

Forecast: A weather site that’s easier to read

When you go to one of the major sites to look up the weather, it's often hard to find what you're looking for. The sites feel dated, there isn't much…

Learn about politics in your state with Open States

It's not especially straightforward to know or find out what's going on with your state's government. Sites aren't maintained, are unusable, or just don't provide much information. Open States, a…

Sitegeist: A mobile app that tells you about your data surroundings

From businesses to demographics, there's data for just about anywhere you are. Sitegeist, a mobile application by the Sunlight Foundation, puts the sources into perspective. Sitegeist is a mobile application…

Shiny allows web applications with R

RStudio, the folks behind the IDE for R released last year, continues to expand their offerings for current and future R users. Shiny is RStudio's most recent release, and it…

xkcd-style charts in R, JavaScript, and Python

The ports and packages to make your charts look like they came from the web comic xkcd are coming out in rapid fashion. Dan Foreman-Mackey stylized charts in JavaScript using…

Torque for mapping temporal data

Mapping data over time can be challenging, especially when you have a lot of data to load in the beginning. Torque, the new open source project by CartoDB, is a…

Easy and customizable maps with TileMill

I'm late to this party. TileMill, by mapping platform MapBox, is open source software that lets you quickly and easily create and edit maps. It's available for OS X, Windows,…

Analyze your Facebook profile with Wolfram|Alpha

Feeding off the momentum from Stephen Wolfram's personal analytics earlier this year, Wolfram|Alpha launched Facebook Analytics, which spits out graphs about your profile and your friends. You can see your…