Where Europe lives, in 14 lines of R Code

April 27, 2017
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Via Max Galka, always a great source of interesting data visualizations, we have this lovely visualization of population density in Europe in 2011, created by Henrik Lindberg:

  Europe

Impressively, the chart was created with just 14 lines of R code:

(To recreate it yourself, download the GEOSTAT-grid-POP-1K-2011-V2-0-1.zip file from eurostat, and move the two .csv files inside in range of your R script.) The code parses the latitude/longitude of population centers listed in the CSV file, arranges them into a 0.01 by 0.01 degree grid, and plots each row as a horizontal line with population as the vertical axis. Grid cells with zero populations cause breaks in the line and leave white gaps in the map. It's quite an elegant effect!

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