52Vis Week 2 (2016 Week #14) – Honing in on the Homeless

>UPDATE: Since I put in a “pull request” requirement, I intended to put in a link to getting started with GitHub. Dr. Jenny Bryan’s @stat545 has a great [section on git](https://stat545-ubc.github.io/git00_index.html) that should hopefully make it a bit less painful. ### Why 52Vis? In case folks are wondering why I’m doing this, it’s pretty simple…. Continue reading

Introducing a Weekly R / Python / JS / etc Vis Challenge!

>UPDATE: Deadline is now 2016-04-05 23:59 EDT; next vis challenge is 2016-04-06! Per a suggestion, I’m going to try to find a neat data set (prbly one from @jsvine) to feature each week and toss up some sample code (99% of the time prbly in R) and offer up a vis challenge. Just reply in… Continue reading

Easier Composite U.S. Choropleths with albersusa

Folks who’ve been tracking this blog on R-bloggers probably remember [this post](https://rud.is/b/2014/11/16/moving-the-earth-well-alaska-hawaii-with-r/) where I showed how to create a composite U.S. map with an Albers projection (which is commonly referred to as AlbersUSA these days thanks to D3). I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier, but you don’t _need_ to do those… Continue reading

Nuclear Animations in R

> UPDATE: For #rstats folks interested in what this might look like in D3, [take a gander](https://rud.is/b/2016/03/27/nuclear-animations-in-d3/) @jsvine (Data Editor at BuzzFeed) cleaned up and posted a [data sets of historical nuclear explosions](https://github.com/data-is-plural/nuclear-explosions) earlier this week. I used it to show a few plotting examples in class, but it’s also a really fun data set… Continue reading

Spinning Cycles in Box #4 To Take the Pies out of Pi Day

>UPDATE: time spent per task factor order was wrong before. now fixed. I caught this tweet today: INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT HOW OTHER DATA SCIENTISTS USE ? PERHAPS @WSJGraphics COULD SPEND THEIR ? LEARNING DATAVIZ pic.twitter.com/xrP2eUhaaQ — Metrics Hulk (@MetricsHulk) March 14, 2016 The WSJ folks usually do a great job, but this was either… Continue reading

Update to metricsgraphics 0.9.0 (now on CRAN)

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my [metricsgraphics package](https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/metricsgraphics/index.html). The hit list for changes includes: – Fixes for the new ggplot2 release (metricsgraphics uses the `movies` data set which is now in ggplot2movies) – Updated all javascript libraries to the most recent versions – Borrowed the ability to add CSS rules to a widget… Continue reading