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Cone Plots in Plotly with Python

July 10, 2018
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Cone Plots in Plotly with Python

Cone plots (also known as 3-D quiver plots) represent vector fields defined in some region of the 3-D space. A vector field associates to each point of coordinates (x, y, z) a vector of components (u, v, w). In this post, we’ll explore how Plotly’s cone plots can be used to visualize atmospheric wind 💨, magnetic fields, a trajectory of the...

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Three Fun Facts About Black Friday and Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015
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Three Fun Facts About Black Friday and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has been a national holiday in the United States since 1941 and Canada since 1957. Black Friday, while not an official holiday, marks the unofficial of the holiday shopping season. These three graphs show the increasing price of a pound of...

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Analyze Data: Five Ways You Can Make Interactive Maps

September 8, 2015
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Analyze Data: Five Ways You Can Make Interactive Maps

Plotly’s new map making tools let you tell stories about data as it relates to geography. This post shows five examples of how you can make and style choropleth, subplot, scatter, bubble, and line maps. We made these maps with our APIs for R and ...

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How to Analyze Data: 6 Useful Ways To Use Color In Graphs

August 5, 2015
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How to Analyze Data: 6 Useful Ways To Use Color In Graphs

Effectively using color means your graphs clearly communicate your data. This post shows how. We summarize and apply visualization research to real-world examples. You can make graphs like these with Plotly’s web app, or APIs for Python, MATLAB, and R. For users who want to securely share graphs and data within a team, or make interactive dashboards, contact us...

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Online Dashboards: Eight Helpful Tips You Should Hear From Visualization Experts

July 8, 2015
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Online Dashboards: Eight Helpful Tips You Should Hear From Visualization Experts

“There is no such thing as information overload, only bad design” - Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale University Edward Tufte The number of organizations working on data-driven projects increased by 125% in the past year. 44% of companies tackle big data “all the time.” 82% of executives call big data “important or mission critical.” How...

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3D Graphing & Maps For Excel, R, Python, & MATLAB: Gender & Jobs, a 3D Gaussian, Alcohol, & Random Walks

July 1, 2015
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3D Graphing & Maps For Excel, R, Python, & MATLAB: Gender & Jobs, a 3D Gaussian, Alcohol, & Random Walks

Showing a third dimension on a flat computer screen is usually hard. Plotly’s interactive 3D graphing changes that. You can zoom, toggle, pan, rotate, spin, see data on the hover, and more. In this post we’ll make 3D graphs with our APIs fo...

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R vs Python: Survival Analysis with Plotly

June 24, 2015
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R vs Python: Survival Analysis with Plotly

(This article was first published on Plotly Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) We just published a new Survival Analysis tutorial. You can find code, an explanation of methods, and six interactive ggplot2 and Python graphs here. How We Built It Survival analysis is a set of statistical methods for analyzing events over time: time to death in biological...

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How To Analyze Data: Seven Modern Remakes Of The Most Famous Graphs Ever Made

June 2, 2015
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How To Analyze Data: Seven Modern Remakes Of The Most Famous Graphs Ever Made

Graphs can be beautiful, powerful tools. Graphs help us explore and explain the world. For hundreds of years, humans have used graphs to tell stories with data. To pay homage to the history of data visualization and to the power of graphs, we’ve recreated the most iconic graphs ever made. Some are remakes of the original shown in a...

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How To Analyze Data: 21 Graphs that Explain the Same-Sex Marriage Case, Public Opinion, & Supreme Court

May 21, 2015
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How To Analyze Data: 21 Graphs that Explain the Same-Sex Marriage Case, Public Opinion, & Supreme Court

The nine Justices on the United States Supreme Court recently took up a case about same-sex marriage. The question in Obergefell v. Hodges is whether states are required to license and recognize marriages between two people of the same sex. This post e...

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Twelve Graphs & Dashboards You Should See On Climate Change, Science, & Public Opinion

April 28, 2015
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Twelve Graphs & Dashboards You Should See On Climate Change, Science, & Public Opinion

Plotly has teamed up with The White House on President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative to explore and explain climate trends. This post is our first contribution. You’ll see interactive graphs about: temperature and CO2 (4), climate change & environmental impact (4), attitudes about global warming (3), and a population graph. If you like this post, please share it with...

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