How to Make Animated Line Charts in R
Sometimes it’s useful to animate the multiple lines instead of showing them all at once.
Animated line charts have limited applications, but in some cases, they can be useful to see change. A few years ago, Ed Hawkins showed this by visualizing global temperature:
— Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016
Bloomberg did it too a bit earlier by drawing a line for each year. As the years play out, you can see overall temperature rising overall.
In this tutorial you learn to make charts that look more like this Bloomberg piece. You use R and the animation package to make an animated GIF, but first you start with static charts and then work your way towards the finished graphic.
To access this full tutorial and download the source code you must be a member. (If you are already a member, log in here.)
Get instant access to this tutorial and over a hundred more, plus courses, guides, and additional resources.
You'll get unlimited access to hundreds of hours worth of step-by-step visualization courses and tutorials for insight and presentation — all while supporting an independent site. Source code and data is included so that you can more easily apply what you learn in your own work.
The tutorials are very helpful to move from "Oooo, cool!" to how to actually DO the cool.
Members also recieve a weekly newsletter, The Process. Keep up-to-date on visualization tools, the rules, and the guidelines and how they all work together in practice.
See samples of everything you gain access to:
More Tutorials See All →
How to Make an Interactive Area Graph with Flare
You’ve seen the NameExplorer from the Baby Name Wizard by …
How to Make a Multi-Series Dot Plot in Excel
Easily compare multiple categories and spot differences between two or more series.
How to Visualize Hierarchical Graphs in R, with ggraph and tidygraph
Network graphs are a good way to find structure and relationships within hierarchical data. Here are several ways to do it.