Using the new Plot Javascript Exploratory Visualization Library Sans-Observable

The fine folks over at @ObservableHQ released a new javascript exploratory visualization library called Plot last week with great fanfare. It was primarily designed to be used in Observable notebooks and I quickly tested it out there (you can find them at my Observable landing page: https://observablehq.com/@hrbrmstr). {Plot} doesn’t require Observable, however, and I threw… Continue reading

R⁶ — General (Attys) Distributions

Matt @stiles is a spiffy data journalist at the @latimes and he posted an interesting chart on U.S. Attorneys General longevity (given that the current US AG is on thin ice): Only Watergate and the Civil War have prompted shorter tenures as AG (if Sessions were to leave now). A daily viz: https://t.co/aJ4KDsC5kC pic.twitter.com/ZoiEV3MhGp —… Continue reading

Global Temperature Change in R & D3 (without the vertigo)

This made the rounds on social media last week: Spiraling global temperatures from 1850-2016 (full animation) https://t.co/YETC5HkmTr pic.twitter.com/Ypci717AHq — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016 One of the original versions was static and was not nearly as popular, but—as you can see—this one went viral. Despite the public’s infatuation with circles (I’m lookin’ at you,… Continue reading

Create Vega-Lite specs & widgets with the vegalite package

[Vega-Lite](http://vega.github.io/vega-lite/) 1.0 was [released this past week](https://medium.com/@uwdata/introducing-vega-lite-438f9215f09e#.yfkl0tp1c). I had been meaning to play with it for a while but I’ve been burned before by working with unstable APIs and was waiting for this to bake to a stable release. Thankfully, there were no new shows in the Fire TV, Apple TV or Netflix queues, enabling… Continue reading

Achieve Charting Zen With TauCharts

There was some chatter on the twitters this week about a relatively new D3-based charting library called [TauCharts](http://taucharts.com/) (also @taucharts). The API looked pretty clean and robust, so I started working on an htmlwidget for it and was quickly joined by the Widget Master himself, @timelyportfolio. TauCharts definitely has a “grammar of graphics” feel about… Continue reading

metricsgraphics 0.8.5 is now on CRAN!

I’m super-pleased to announce that the Benevolent CRAN Overlords [accepted the metricsgraphics package](http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/metricsgraphics/index.html) into CRAN over the weekend. Now, you no longer need to rely on github/devtools to use [MetricsGraphics.js](http://metricsgraphicsjs.org/) charts from your R scripts. If you’re not familiar with `htmlwidgets`, take a look at [the official site for them](http://www.htmlwidgets.org/). To make it easier to… Continue reading