Sochi Olympic Medals

February 9, 2014

(This article was first published on TRinker's R Blog » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

For those who are addicted to R and haven’t the time to click the mouse on a web browser you too can still be informed about the results of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. I was inspired by a SO response around the London games a couple years back.

Packages to Load

packs <- c("knitr", "ggplot2", "XML", "reshape2", "rCharts")
lapply(packs, require, character.only = T)

The Script

olympics <- 
function(theurl = "", = FALSE) {

    invisible(lapply(c('ggplot2', 'XML', 'reshape2') , require, character.only=TRUE))

    ## Grab Data, Clean and Reshape
    raw <- readHTMLTable(theurl, header=FALSE, 
        colClasses = c(rep("factor", 2), rep("numeric", 4)))
    raw <-[, -1]
    colnames(raw) <- c("Country", "Bronze", "Silver", "Gold", "Total")
    raw <- raw[order(raw[, "Total"]), ]
    if (! {
        raw <- raw[raw[, "Total"] != 0, ]
    raw[, "Country"] <- factor(raw[, "Country"], levels = raw[, "Country"])
    rownames(raw) <- NULL
    mdat <- melt(raw, = "Count", = "Place", id.var = "Country")

    ## Plot the Data
    plot1 <- ggplot(mdat, aes(x = Count, y = Country, colour = Place)) +
      geom_point() +
      facet_grid(.~Place) + theme_bw()+
      scale_colour_manual(values=c("#CC6600", "#999999", "#FFCC33", "#000000")) 


The Visual Results

x <- olympics()

plot of chunk unnamed-chunk-3

As a Data Table

dTable(x)$show('inline', include_assets = TRUE, cdn = TRUE)

WordPress and Data Table don’t play well together so you’ll need to run the code to see it in action.


I have chosen a dot plot to display the data because it’s easy to quickly get a sense of the data yet be able to compare relatively easily. Dot plots take advantage of the powerful pre-attentive attribute of distance (The most powerful way to visually convey quantitative information). Stephen Few gives his two cents about dot plots here.

I’m lazy but this would be a fun Shiny app to build.

Thanks to @Ramnath for help implementing the chart as a jQuery DataTable.

*Created using the reports package


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