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Back to the Future, Abridged Chart Edition

Back to more important topics, amirite?

Mapping global accessibility to cities

From The Malaria Atlas Project, a global map of estimated …

Statistical detection of potential child abuse cases

Dan Hurley, reporting for The New York Times, describes the …

Scale comparison of wildfires

The past few days in California has been non-stop rain, …

When data is not quite what it seems

FiveThirtyEight used a dataset on broadband as the basis for …

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How to Make Venn Diagrams in R

The usually abstract, qualitative and sometimes quantitative chart type shows relationships. You can make them in R, if you must.

When the interesting pattern ends up just being computer byproduct

Good lesson here. Christian Laesser was playing around with receipt …

Unconstitutional gerrymandering

Alan Blinder and Michael Wines reporting for The New York …

Spotting rip currents

Rip currents are like hidden rivers near the shore that …

Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2017

It was a rough year, which brought about a lot of good work. Here are my favorite data visualization projects of the year.

Constructed Career Paths from Job Switching Data

Shifting from one occupation to another can take a swing in the career path. Given your current job, what paths could you take? Here are some constructed possibilities.

Switching Jobs

When people move to different jobs, here’s where they go.

Percentage of People Who Married, Given Your Age

Or, given your age, the percentage of fish left in the sea. Here’s a chart.

American Daily Routine

Sleep. Work. Play. The times and everything in between change depending on who you talk to.

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How to Make Venn Diagrams in R

The usually abstract, qualitative and sometimes quantitative chart type shows relationships. You can make them in R, if you must.

How to Make a State Map Grid with Small Multiples in R

Combining small multiples with the grid layout can make for an intuitive geographic reference.

Compact Ways to Visualize Distributions in R

For when you want to show or compare several distributions but don’t have a lot of space.

How I Made That: Interactive Heatmap

Add interaction so that you can show different segments of the data and allow comparisons.

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Visualizing the Uncertainty in Data

Data is an abstraction, and it’s impossible to encapsulate everything it represents in real life. So there is uncertainty. Here are ways to visualize the uncertainty.

4 Tools to Pick Your Chart Colors

These are the quick and simple tools I use to pick colors to represent data.

Falling is Learning

I’ve been teaching my three-year-old son how to ride his …

Useless Data Comparisons

Apples and oranges situations where the comparisons make no sense.