Visualization.

How to Set the Initial Zoom and Position of Geographic Maps
23 April 2019 | by Liz Kucko
Create a geographic map to your liking using the leaflet map package in Displayr Follow instructions on How to Make a Geographic Map in Displayr...

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What’s Better Than Two Pie Charts?
02 October 2018 | by Tim Bock

Every year the famed venture capitalist Mary Meeker releases her Internet Trends, a tour de force PowerPoint presentation. It’s an influential deck – this year’s

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Sankey diagram: change over time
Using Colors Effectively in Sankey Diagrams
16 September 2018 | by Carmen Chan

Sankey diagrams are useful for visualizing relationships between variables. By applying different color schemes, we can highlight structures in the data.

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Using ‘Small Multiples’ Visualizations for Big Success
07 August 2018 | by Tim Bock

Small multiples make comparison easy and fix overplotting Look at the radar chart above. What does it tell you? If you spend enough time looking

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Smoothing Time Series Data
16 July 2018 | by Carmen Chan

For time-series data, you'll want to separate long-term trends and seasonal changes from random fluctuations. Find out which time smoother to use.

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Using Displayr
Charts versus Visualizations versus Plots: Which to Use When
04 December 2017 | by Matt Steele

Within Displayr, there are different ways of visualizing your data. Before jumping into the detail, we acknowledge that ideally there would be only one system. As

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How to Build a Geographic Dashboard with Real-Time Data
21 November 2017 | by Jake Hoare

How to build an interactive geographic dashboard using Displayr, Plotly & R. This example is fascinating, tracking the actual position of military aircraft.

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NPS column chart with sparklines
Using Sparklines to Show Trends in Bar and Column Charts
09 November 2017 | by Tim Bock

Using sparklines in charts with multiple series of data improves readability by showing where are we today, movement since last time and long-term trend.

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The Psychology of Small Multiples
09 November 2017 | by Tim Bock

Good practice in data visualization is to use small multiples, allowing us to tap into our brain's skill at interpreting visual complexity.

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Dashboard Design: Working with a Graphic Designer
11 October 2017 | by Natalie Brown

As a graphic designer who designs dashboards, I give you all the tips, tricks, and guidelines for creating a dashboard that everyone will love.

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Interactive infographic
How to Create an Interactive Infographic
26 September 2017 | by Tim Bock

A step-by-step guide on how to create an interactive infographic using an example from Canva, Displayr and R (the R code is included in this post).

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Visualization to Show a Single Number
12 Visualizations to Show a Single Number
20 September 2017 | by Tim Bock

How do you pick the best visualizations to represent a single number in an eye-catching and informative way? Here are 12 tried and true tips and ticks.

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Redundant elements on a chart
Improve the Quality of Data Visualizations Using Redundancy
20 September 2017 | by Tim Bock

Accuracy and readability of visualization can be improved by adding redundancy, which is elements like color, shape, size, labels, and order.

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7 Alternatives to Word Clouds for Visualizing Long Lists of Data
16 September 2017 | by Tim Bock

Seven alternatives to word clouds for visualizing data from long lists are illustrated. Examples are created using R and can be explored via a tool.

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Layered Data Visualizations Using R, Plotly, and Displayr
30 August 2017 | by Tim Bock

How to combine and format visual layers, elements, images and charts into one data visualization using R, Plotly and Displayr.

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Trump delivers an address
Why Capability Trumps Character for Supporters of the US President
06 July 2017 | by Tim Bock

what do people want in a president? A new study finds supporters of Donald Trump believe that financial skills trump decency and ethics.

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Where Pictographs Beat Bar Charts: Proportional Data
03 May 2017 | by Carmen Chan

Pictographs are exceptionally good for displaying proportional data because they have an intrinsic scale and show quantities visually.

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Where Pictographs Beat Bar Charts: Count Data
Where Pictographs Beat Bar Charts: Count Data
03 May 2017 | by Carmen Chan

Pictographs are often ridiculed, but their bad reputation is not deserved. There are situations where pictographs are better than bar charts.

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Ranking Plot: Main Cause of Death by Age
Ranking Plots: Illustrating Data with Different Magnitudes
02 May 2017 | by Tim Bock

The Ranking Plot, also known as rank flow plots, are particularly useful when comparing data that is complex or that differs in magnitude.

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5 Ways to Visualize Relative Importance Scores from Key Driver Analysis
26 April 2017 | by Tim Bock

5 ways of presenting the results of key driver analysis techniques, such as Shapley Value, Kruskal Analysis, and Relative Weights.

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heatmap illusion
Too Hot to Handle? The Problem with Heatmaps
13 April 2017 | by Tim Bock

Heatmaps are cool. Most people like them. They are so much prettier than a bar chart. However, psychology tells us that these heatmaps are easy to misread.

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chartjunk
The Secret of “Chartjunk”: Why Misleading Visualizations Aren’t Always Bad
05 April 2017 | by Tim Bock

There is a war in the world of visualization. It is about chartjunk. Designers like to create charts that data viz experts think are appalling, "chartjunk".

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Sankey diagram for analyzing survey routings, skips, filters, and response patterns
Visualizing Response Patterns and Survey Flow With Sankey Diagrams
29 March 2017 | by Tim Bock

If you have spent much time analyzing survey data, then you have probably spent a lot of time validating it. Unless you use a Sankey diagram.

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Heatmap
Making Your Data Hot: Heatmaps for the Display of Large Tables
22 March 2017 | by Tim Bock

A heatmap, which replaces the numbers with colors or shades proportional to the numbers in the cell, is a lot easier for our brains to digest than a table.

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It Is Not the Size That Counts: Small Visualizations Are Preferable to Large Visualizations
16 March 2017 | by Tim Bock

All else being equal, small visualizations are better than big visualizations. There is no need to take my word for it. You can prove it to yourself here.

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pie for pi day
A Pie Chart for Pi Day: The Data Scientist Pie Eating Challenge
14 March 2017 | by Tim Bock

Today is national pi day. The number, not the food. I love pie charts. I recently chanced upon some data in need of a pie chart.

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sankey tree
Decision Tree Visualizations using Sankey Diagrams or Charts
13 March 2017 | by Tim Bock

Sankey diagrams are not just a cool visualization that looks good, they are perfect for displaying decision trees (e.g., CHART, CHAID).

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Why Pie Charts Are Better Than Bar Charts
07 March 2017 | by Tim Bock

Pie charts tap into our instinctive ability to assess proportions when we look at things and should be considered when we need to communicate proportions.

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Using Text Analytics to Tidy a Word Cloud
27 February 2017 | by Tim Bock

It is common when people create word clouds that they want more control. Limit the word cloud to frequently occurring words. Join together words in phrases. Automatically

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The Best Tool for Creating a Word Cloud
27 February 2017 | by Tim Bock

This post shows you why Displayr is the best tool for creating word clouds using real data about Tom Cruise (from a time when he was a bit less popular!).

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Engaging Visualization
The 5 Second Rule and the Need to Create Instantly Recognizable Visualizations
16 February 2017 | by Tim Bock

Designers have a small amount of time, perhaps 5 seconds, to engage a viewer. So how do we create instantly recognizable visualizations that engage?

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heatmap
2 Rules for Coloring Heatmaps so That Nobody Gets Burnt
15 February 2017 | by Tim Bock

This heatmap achieves one of the core jobs of visualization: it attracts attention. It does so at too high a cost for me because of its poor use of color.

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Palm tree plot for visualizing multivariate data
Using Palm Trees to Visualize Performance Across Multiple Dimensions (Egypt’s Scary Palm Tree)
02 February 2017 | by Tim Bock

Palm trees are my favorite visualization. They look great. They are easy to understand. There is no other visualization that is as effective at decomposing

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