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How to Make a Cartogram with Packed Circles in R

There are packages to make cartograms, but in some cases you might need a more flexible solution.

In making an ever-important comparison between McDonald’s locations and golf courses in the United States, I wanted to use Dorling cartograms to show counts and which was more common in a given location. But my data wasn’t shaped quite right, so I broke it down and used parts of previous projects and tutorials.

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About the Author

Nathan Yau is a statistician who works primarily with visualization. He earned his PhD in statistics from UCLA, is the author of two best-selling books — Data Points and Visualize This — and runs FlowingData. Introvert. Likes food. Likes beer.