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52Vis Week 2 (2016 Week #14) – Honing in on the Homeless

April 6, 2016
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52Vis Week 2 (2016 Week #14) – Honing in on the Homeless

Why 52Vis? In case folks are wondering why I’m doing this, it’s pretty simple. We need a society that has high data literacy and we need folks who are capable of making awesome, truthful data visualizations. The only way to do that is by working with data over, and over, and over, and over again.

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iptools 0.4.0 released into the wild (i.e. is hitting the CRAN mirrors today)

April 4, 2016
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The iptools package—a toolkit for manipulating, validating and testing IP addresses and ranges, along with datasets relating to IP addresses—is flying through the internets and hitting a CRAN mirror near you, soon. What’s fixed? Tim Smith fixed a bug in ip_in_range() that occurred when the netmask was /32 (thanks, Tim!). What’s new? The range_boundaries() function

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Introducing a Weekly R / Python / JS / etc Vis Challenge!

March 30, 2016
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Introducing a Weekly R / Python / JS / etc Vis Challenge!

Per a suggestion, I’m going to try to find a neat data set (prbly one from @jsvine) to feature each week and toss up some sample code (99% of the time prbly in R) and offer up a vis challenge. Just reply in the comments with a link to a gist/repo/rpub/blog/etc (or post directly, though

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Easier Composite U.S. Choropleths with albersusa

March 29, 2016
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Easier Composite U.S. Choropleths with albersusa

Folks who’ve been tracking this blog on R-bloggers probably remember this post where I showed how to create a composite U.S. map with an Albers projection (which is commonly referred to as AlbersUSA these days thanks to D3). I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier, but you don’t need to do those

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Nuclear Animations in R

March 26, 2016
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@jsvine (Data Editor at BuzzFeed) cleaned up and posted a data sets of historical nuclear explosions earlier this week. I used it to show a few plotting examples in class, but it’s also a really fun data set to play around with: categorial countries; time series; lat/long pairs; and, of course, nuclear explosions! My previous

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Using ProPublica “statefaces” in ggplot2

March 19, 2016
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Using ProPublica “statefaces” in ggplot2

I’m a huge fan of ProPublica. They have a super-savvy tech team, great reporters, awesome graphics folks and excel at data-driven journalism. Plus, they give away virtually everything, including data, text, graphics & tools. I was reading @USATODAY’s piece on lead levels in drinking water across America and saw they had a mini-interactive piece included

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Stacking the deck against treemaps

March 18, 2016
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Stacking the deck against treemaps

So, I (unapologetically) did this to @Highcharts last week: @hrbrmstr Your loss of words inspired this post!! https://t.co/3KO0BP0k0u @hadleywickham @ma_salmon @tdmv @bearloga @rushworth_a @awhstin— Highcharts (@Highcharts) March 18, 2016 They did an awesome makeover (it’s interactive if you follow the link): And, I’m not kidding, it’s actually a really good treemap. Not too many hierarchies

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Hy-phen-ate All The Things! (in R)

March 18, 2016
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hyphenatr–what may be my smallest package ever–has just hit CRAN. It, well, hyphenates words using libhyphen (a.k.a. libhnj). There are no external dependencies (i.e. no brew install, apt get, et. al. required) and it compiles on everything CRAN supports including Windows. I started coding this to see if it could be a “poor dude’s ‘syllabifier'”

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Supreme Annotations

March 16, 2016
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Supreme Annotations

This is a follow up to a twitter-gist post & to the annotation party we’re having this week I had not intended this to be “Annotation Week” but there was a large, positive response to my annotation “hack” post. This reaction surprised me, then someone pointed me to this link and also noted that if

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Spinning Cycles in Box #4 To Take the Pies out of Pi Day

March 14, 2016
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Spinning Cycles in Box #4 To Take the Pies out of Pi Day

I caught this tweet today: INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT HOW OTHER DATA SCIENTISTS USE 🕒 PERHAPS @WSJGraphics COULD SPEND THEIR 🕒 LEARNING DATAVIZ pic.twitter.com/xrP2eUhaaQ— Metrics Hulk (@MetricsHulk) March 14, 2016 The WSJ folks usually do a great job, but this was either rushed or not completely thought through. There’s no way you’re going to be

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