How do you easily get beautiful calendar heatmaps of time series in ggplot2? E.g:
I was impressed by the lattice-based implementation from Paul Bleicher of Humedica, which you can find referenced in http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2009/11/charting-time-series-as-calendar-heat-maps-in-r.html. Then, when other blogs like http://timelyportfolio.blogspot.com/2012/04/piggybacking-and-hopefully-publicizing.html picked up the topic, I decided to try a ggplot2 implementation. In a comment to the above Revolution Analytics post, Hadley already presented a quick ggplot rendition, upon which I build here.
- We facet_grid by “months” and “years”
- The data itself is plotted by “week of month” and “day of week” and coloured according to the value of interest
The following code contains step by step comments:
It should be easy to wrap into a function and I hope its useful.