Posts Tagged ‘ graphics ’

How to use your favorite fonts in R charts

September 20, 2012
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How to use your favorite fonts in R charts

Today's guest post comes from Winston Chang, a software developer at RStudio — ed. When it comes to making figures in R, you can use any font you like, as long as it's Helvetica, Times, or Courier. Using other fonts that are installed on your computer can seem an impossible task, especially if you want to save the output...

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Designing Data Apps with R at Periscopic

September 18, 2012
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Designing Data Apps with R at Periscopic

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...

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Visualize complex data with subplots

September 14, 2012
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Visualize complex data with subplots

Today's guest post comes from Garrett Grolemund, a software developer at RStudio — ed. I think of graphs as a type of visual summary for data. Yet I rarely see graphs used this way within visualizations. Consider tile plots. They group data into 2d bins and then summarize each group with a number. This approach is a go-to tool...

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Effective Graphs with R

September 13, 2012
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Effective Graphs with R

Today's guest post is by Naomi Robbins, author of the Effective Graphs blog — ed. I write a blog on effective graphs for Forbes. David Smith invited me to write a guest post here that was a roundup of some of my Forbes posts where R was used. My use of R graphics has ranged from simple box plots...

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Tutorials for Learning Visualization in R

September 12, 2012
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Tutorials for Learning Visualization in R

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,...

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Style your ggplot2 charts with Themes

September 5, 2012
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Style your ggplot2 charts with Themes

An update to the ggplot2 "grammar of graphics" package for R is now available on CRAN. This version introduces "Themes" for ggplot2 charts, and makes it possible to define and re-use your own preferences for title fonts and sizes, tick marks, grid color, etc. The system is heirarchically defined, so for example you can choose a font and have...

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Three ways of visualizing the growth of Walmart

August 30, 2012
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Three ways of visualizing the growth of Walmart

It's a wonderful thing when people make interesting data sets available to the public. When Thomas Jones wrote a paper in Econometrics about the growth of US retail giant Walmart, he made the data he collected about every Walmart store opening in history (location and date) available to the public. Since then, several people have used different techniques to...

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Arctic sea-ice at lowest levels since observations began

August 28, 2012
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Arctic sea-ice at lowest levels since observations began

RealClimate.org used the R language and data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center to create this chart showing the extent of Arctic sea-ice in each year since satellite observations began in 1978, and the current extent of ice coverage (in red). Even though there are several weeks of annual melting yet to come, the area of ice...

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Hadley Wickham’s ggplot2 basics

August 1, 2012
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If you haven't made the plunge yet to making R graphics with Hadley Wickham's ggplot2 package, his "ggplot2 basics" slides (from the recent Introduction to Data Visualization and Analysis course at JSM) is a good place to start. Once you get the hang of the "grammar of graphics" notation, you'll be building beautiful data visualizations like this or this...

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The Environmental Performance Index, visualized with R

July 31, 2012
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The Environmental Performance Index, visualized with R

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks countries on performance indicators for environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. Yale University hosts the EPI website, which was used to present the 2012 EPI Rankings to world leaders at the 2012 World Economic Forum at Davos. The Country Profiles section of the website allowed members to browse the performance characteristics of their...

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