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A “Startlingly Neat & Simple” Rule & Five Graphs About Patterns That Might Surprise You

February 17, 2015
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A “Startlingly Neat & Simple” Rule & Five Graphs About Patterns That Might Surprise You

George Zipf popularized an idea—Zipf’s Law—that approximates populations of cities, distribution of money in counties, and how frequently words are used. Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugmans wrote of Zipf’s Law that “the usual complaint about economic theory is that our models are oversimplified — that they offer excessively neat views of complex, messy reality. ...

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Eight New Ideas From Data Visualization Experts

February 12, 2015
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Eight New Ideas From Data Visualization Experts

This post summarizes and visualizes eight key ideas we’ve heard from data visualization experts. Check out our first Case Study to learn more about using Plotly Enterprise on-premise, on your servers. To get started on free online graphing like in this post, check out our tutorials. Make Interactive Graphs Pictures of graphs in PowerPoints, dashboards, and emails can be dull. Viewers...

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Four Famous Laws & How You Can Visualize Them

January 22, 2015
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Four Famous Laws & How You Can Visualize Them

Famous laws, theorems, and observations are often named after the person who proposed the idea. These “eponymous laws" can be graphed. We do so in this post, using our free, web-based product. Contact us about getting a trial of Plotly Enterprise on your servers. Moore’s Law Transistors are used in building electronics. The number of transistors in a circuit has...

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Seven 3D Graphs You Can Make In Excel, Python, MATLAB, R, & LaTeX

January 15, 2015
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Seven 3D Graphs You Can Make In Excel, Python, MATLAB, R, & LaTeX

Plotly’s interactive 3D graphs let you make graphs from (click the links for tutorials): our web app, Excel, Google Docs, Python, MATLAB, and R. Click any image below to go to the full-screen interactive version. Also, news for users with on-premise needs. Plotly On-Premise can be hosted on a private server. Contact us today to start a trial. ...

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Nine Interactive 3D Graphs That Let You Zoom, Flip, & Spin

January 8, 2015
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Nine Interactive 3D Graphs That Let You Zoom, Flip, & Spin

Plotly’s interactive 3D graphs have new capabilities: multiple scenes, streaming graphs, and contour lines. Plot from our web app, Excel, Google Docs, Python, MATLAB, and R. Contact us if you’re interested in running Plotly on-premise to integrate your own applications. Click any image to go to the full-screen interactive version. Mount Bruno Elevation & Collaboration Streaming Lorenz Attractor Klein Bottle Parametric Surface Random Walk Hall...

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Plot with ggplot2 and plotly within knitr reports

December 30, 2014
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Plot with ggplot2 and plotly within knitr reports

Plotly is a platform for making, editing, and sharing graphs. If you are used to making plots with ggplot2, you can call ggplotly() to make your plots interactive, web-based, and collaborative. For example, see plot.ly/~marianne2/166, shown below. Notice the hover text! The “plotly” R package lets you use plotly with R. Want to try it out? Just copy and paste...

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Four Beautiful Python, R, MATLAB, and Mathematica plots with LaTeX

October 23, 2014
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Four Beautiful Python, R, MATLAB, and Mathematica plots with LaTeX

LaTeX lets you create lovely, complex mathematical functions from typed text. Plotly will render LaTeX in annotations, labels, and titles. In this post, we’ll show how it works. 1. MATLAB plotting with LaTeX First, here’s an example using Plotly’s MATLAB API. This is a visualization of Bessel Functions of the first kind, solutions for a differential equation. It’s a useful...

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