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Adjusting map data with Mapshaper

Map making is a finicky challenge where oftentimes your map data — points, lines, and polygons — must align just right with your external data that exists as a CSV file or related.

R graph gallery

One of best ways to learn visualization in any given software is to look at examples and apply to your own data.

Ad spending for Clinton and Trump

Adam Pearce for the New York Times charted ad spending for Clinton and Trump, starting 20 weeks out from the election up to present.

Members Only: Mapping Irregular Data with Interpolation in R

Rarely do you have evenly-spaced data across an entire geographic space. Here is a way to fill in the gaps.

Trump bar chart baselines are the worst baselines. Sad.

The Donald Trump campaign has a habit of highlighting poll results with a bar chart that just shows the top portion.

Interactive charts in R

Interactive charts in R are still so-so, but if you don’t mind giving up some flexibility and just want something quick without having to learn a new language, there are a handful of options.

Composite photos of airplanes in flight

Photographer Mike Kelley visited airports around the world, took pictures of airplanes leaving, and then pieced the photos together in a series of composite photos.

@HillaryClinton vs. @realDonaldTrump

A comparison of the words unique to the candidates on Twitter. Read More

Using clustering to make a color scale

Choice of color scale can make a big difference in how the data reads. A careless choice might make the data appear skewed too far low or too far high, so you need to look at the data and decide what’s right for the context.

Seeking solace in data

I think many of us can relate to this during the odd election cycle. Marcus Wohlsen for Wired describes the constant visits and refreshes to FiveThirtyEight for new polls and projections.

Visions penned by the 18th century king of Prussia

Past Visions, a visual archive of Frederick William IV’s, shows thousands of drawings penned by the Prussian king.

Animated Map of Unemployment

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016. Read More

Tron-style slippy map

Mapzen just released a Tron-style slippy map. Today we introduce TRON version 2 as a fully realized Mapzen house style, rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the latest features of the Tangram graphics engine and Tangram blocks.

How one man shifts national polls

I love the statistics lessons coming out of the Upshot, in the context of the upcoming election. In their most recent, Nate Cohn goes into varying statistical weights and how just one man can unknowingly shift the polls.

Tilegrams in R

Last month Pitch Interactive launched an online tool for tiled cartograms, or tilegrams for short. Upload your state-by-state data, and it does the rest.

All the Harry Potter spells, when they were used

I often stare far into the distance and ponder world’s greatest questions — like when specific spells were used in the Harry Potter books.

Deep fried data

Maciej Ceglowski, the creator of bookmarking site Pinboard, spoke at the Library of Congress a couple of weeks ago about deep-fried data.

Century of Florida hurricanes

Florida has seen a lot of hurricanes come and go. Lazaro Gamio for the Washington Post looks at all the hurricanes that made their way towards the state over the past 100 years.

Doctors’ political leanings

Based on data from researchers at Yale, the Upshot charts party registration by medical profession. Surgery and anesthesiology lean Republican, whereas psychiatry and infectious disease leans Democrat.

Learning R Versus d3.js for Visualization

For those who work with R and d3.js, the differences between the two are obvious. But for those who are brand new to this world, the names might as well be gibberish.