In our previous post, we used a quick-and-dirty method for ordering the axes on our heatmap. It has been pointed out to me that There is a Package for That (which is my nominee for a new slogan for R — not that it needs a slogan). seriation offe...

Today's guest post comes to us from Andrew Winterman, Data Designer at data visualization company Persiscopic. He shares with us the process of using the R language and other tools to create an interactive data application for a client — ed. The Hewlett Foundation contacted us a few months ago because they were interested in exploring ways to visualize...

Today's guest post comes from Nathan Yau. Nathan runs FlowingData, a site on statistics and visualization, and is the author of Visualize This. Years ago, when I started FlowingData, the purpose of the blog was to catalog and think out loud about visualization, in its many varieties. In the beginning I was talking to myself for the most part,...

What is the best resource to learn an R package? Many R users know the almighty question mark ? in R. For example, type ?lm and you will see the documentation of the function lm. If you know nothing about a package, you can take a look at the HTML help...

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. The FDA goes on the record that it's OK to use R for drug trials. A review of talks at the useR! 2012 conference. Using the negative binomial distribution to convert monthly fecundity into the chances of having a baby in a...

Introduction I've recently been interested in how to communicate information using color. I don't know much about the field of Color Theory, but it's an interesting topic to me. The selection of color palettes, in particular, has been a topic I've been faced with lately. I downloaded 18 different sequential color palettes from Cynthia Brewer's

Last week, Joe Rickert used R and four years of US Census data to create an image plot of the relative probabilities of being born on a given day of the year: Chris Mulligan also tackled this problem with R, but this time using 20 years of Census data from 1969 to 1988. Chris extracted the birthday frequencies using...