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Visualizing Time Series Data in R

Everything you need to know to see and show patterns over time.

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Visualizing Time Series Data in R

It’s often fun to explore time series data, because much of it is inherently intuitive. We have a sense of how time passes and how things change. From a visualization perspective, we can see the magnitude of that change and communicate to others in a way that is easier to process.

Recommended Time

One week. Or, fit it all in on a weekend and get back to work.

Learning Objectives

Get you charting time series data as quickly as possible. Cover the basics first and then move into more advanced things like animation.

How to Get the Most Out of This

The course is structured for roughly 8 to 10 hours in a week, depending on how much time you want to spend with each section. Go through section-by-section to start from basics and work towards more advanced visualization.

When you work through a tutorial, download the source first and follow along rather than entering every snippet in R. For simple examples, it’s easy to copy and paste code, but when you get into more complex examples it’s easy to enter typos or get the code structure mixed up. Here’s what code will look like through the course, which is typically a cue to enter something in R:

# This is code.
paste("hello", "world")

Outline

Getting Started

Install and setup R in a few easy steps.


Basic Chart Types

Quick charts. Very little code.


Categorical Time Series Charts

Compare multiple time series at once to see differences and similarities between categories and groups.


Multiple Variables

Maybe you want to see more than one thing in a single view over time.


Animation

Make it move.


Adjusting for Presentation

For when you want to communicate what you found to others. This requires more care and polish than making charts just for yourself.


Stumbling Blocks

Don’t get stuck in time.

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