How to Make Symbol-based Glyph Charts, with R Examples
Using geometric shapes as an encoding can provide another dimension to your charts.
Scaled symbols are often used to show multiple variables at a time. I’m thinking bubble charts. The x-y coordinates represent a pair of values and the size of the symbol represents something else. Color can encode another variable.
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