Reordering bars in GGanimate visualization

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R gganimate and ggplot2 plot where the bars are reordering in time and also entering and leaving the screen remaining the top 4 countries.

Last week several gganimate visualizations came to my feed. Some R users were wondering about reordering gganimate and ggplot2 bars as long as them are evolving (over animation time).

Then, we came up with this R viz where several bars are not only evolving and reordering over time but leaving and joining the chart. We want the top 4 countries over time, then the remaining countries in each timestamp should leave.

You can achieve this effect and this kind of gganimate visualization following this commented code:

df_evolution_data <- data.frame(Name=rep(c("Madrid","Barcelona",
 Year = factor(sort(rep(2001:2005, 5))),
 Value = runif(25,100,1000))

df_evolution_data_filtered <- df_evolution_data %>%
 group_by(Year) %>%
 mutate(Rank = rank(Value)) %>% # Rank 1 the lowest 5 the higest
 filter(Rank >= 2) # Top 4 countries
ggplot(df_evolution_data_filtered) +
 geom_col(aes(x=Rank, y=Value,
 group=Name, fill=Name),
 width=0.4) +
 geom_text(aes(x=Rank, y=0,
 label=Name, group=Name),
 hjust=1.25) +
 theme_minimal() + ylab('Value') +
 theme(axis.title.y = element_blank(),
 axis.text.y = element_blank(),
 axis.ticks.y = element_blank(),
 plot.margin = unit(c(5,5,5,5),
 'lines')) +
 scale_fill_brewer(palette="Dark2") +
 coord_flip(clip='off') + 
 ggtitle('{closest_state}') + # title with the timestamp period
 transition_length = 1,
 state_length = 1) +
 exit_fly(x_loc = 0, y_loc = 0) + # chart exit animation params
 enter_fly(x_loc = 0, y_loc = 0) # chart enter animation params

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