How to Make Animated (GIF) Heatmaps in R
Using color as the visual encoding, show changes over time in two dimensions.
While small multiples allow you to see all of the data at once, animation can sometimes make it easier to see changes over time. In this tutorial, you use a heatmap as the foundation of the graphic and go from there.
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