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Tutorials

How to Make (and Animate) a Circular Time Series Plot in R

Also known as a polar plot, it is usually not the better option over a standard line chart, but in select cases the method can be useful to show cyclical patterns.

How to Make a Semicircle Plot in R

It’s the half cousin of the bubble plot with less overlap and more straight edges.

How I Made That: Interactive Beeswarm Chart to Compare Distributions

The histogram is my favorite chart type, but it’s unintuitive for many. So I’ve been using the less accurate but less abstract beeswarm.

How I Made That: Searchable Time Series Chart

When there are too many options or categories, it can be helpful to make the data searchable.

How to Make a State Grid Map in R

Something of a cross between a reference table and a map, the state grid provides equal space to each state and a semblance of the country to quickly pick out individual states.

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Guides and Tips

  • Bivariate choropleth how-to

    Your standard choropleth map shows geographic areas colored by a single variable. You’re reading this, so you’ve seen them before. …

  • Naked Statistics

    Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan promises a fun, non-boring introduction to statistics that doesn’t leave you drifting off into space, …

  • Learn the rules of data graphics so you can bend them

    If you take away anything from The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, make it the epilogue. This is the most …

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