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What Alcohol People Around the World Drink

Americans get most of their alcohol from beer, but it’s not like that everywhere.

Sans human, Facebook’s Trending Topics algorithm faired poorly

Last week, Facebook announced that it was making the Trending Topics section more automated. More algorithm-based. Less person-based. On Monday, …

Out of state, public education

Nick Strayer for the New York Times shows the flow of college freshman to other states for public education: Students …

D3 in Depth

D3 is the most commonly used JavaScript library for visualization on the web, but there’s a bit of learning curve, …

Rhyming schemes in Hamilton the musical

Hamilton is unique in its use of complex rhyming lyrics. Joel Eastwood and Erik Hinton for the Wall Street Journal …

Animal migrations in animated map

The Migrations in Motion map, by Dan Majka from the The Nature Conservancy, shows modeled animal migrations in North and …

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Make a Moving Bubbles Chart to Show Clustering and Distributions

Use a force-directed graph to form a collection of bubbles and move them around based on data.

Composite Olympic moments

One more Olympics-related piece for the road. The New York Times used photo compositing to show a handful of critical …

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This is Parenthood

Raising kids is hard to explain. I’ll try anyways. With some charts.

All the National Food Days

Keep track of the 214 days out of the year that are a national food or drink days.

Household Types, Then and Now

Here’s how common each household type is and was — and how the makeup compares to a few decades ago.

What That Election Probability Means

You’re going to see probability values mentioned a lot these next few months. Many people will misinterpret. But not you.

Most Common Family Types in America

Nuclear is still the most common, but there are millions of households in the United States with a different family structure.

How Much Alcohol Americans Drink

Most people have one or two drinks on average, but some consume much more.

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Make a Moving Bubbles Chart to Show Clustering and Distributions

Use a force-directed graph to form a collection of bubbles and move them around based on data.

How to Make Square Pie Charts in R

Instead of traditional pie charts that rely on angles and arc lengths to show parts of a whole, try this easier-to-read version.

Annotating Charts in R

Let the data speak for itself they say. That doesn’t work a lot of the time, and when that happens, you need to explain.

A Crash Course for Visualizing Time Series Data in R

Learn to visualize temporal patterns in a couple of days.

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5 Tips for Learning to Code for Visualization

Here are some tips to get you started, based on my own experiences with R, and more recently, the JavaScript library d3.js.

What I Use to Visualize Data

“What tool should I learn? ” I hesitate to answer, because I use what works best for me, which isn’t necessarily the best for someone else or the “best” overall. Nevertheless, here’s my toolset.

Venn Diagrams: Read and Use Them the Right Way

Venn diagrams seem straightforward, but why all the mistakes? Here’s a guide to avoid the snafus.

Bar Chart Baselines Start at Zero

There are visualization rules and there are visualization suggestions. Most are suggestions. The ones that are rules exist because of how our brains process visual information. There’s just no getting around it.