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How to Make Animated Histograms in R, with ggplot and gganimate

Make them move to show a shift in distributions over time.

How cool would it be to just add a few lines of code to a static ggplot visualisation to turn it into an informative, engaging and fun to watch animation? Well, the gganimate package does just that. It extends the grammar and logic for the construction of static graphics of the ggplot package with verbs to breath life and animation into them.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make small multiple histograms with ggplot and animate them with gganimate.

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About the Author

Maarten is a data journalist and data visualization consultant from Belgium. He likes maps, ggplot and a good story.