Animated Snow in R, 2.0: gganimate API update

Last year, inspired by a tweet from Ilya Kashnitsky, I wrote a snow animation which you can read all about here.  Now, this year, the old code no longer worked due to an update to the gganimate API. Hence, I was about to only refactor the code, but decided to give the whole thing a minor update. Below,…

Pixel Maps in R

Those of you who follow my blog know I love world maps. Particularly when they are used to visualize data, like these maps of Kaggle programming language preferences, US household incomes, rush hour travel times, or Shazam recognitions. Those who share this passion will probably like this blog’s topic: mapping data to pixel maps! In R obviously! Taras…

Geographical maps using Shazam Recognitions

Shazam is a mobile app that can be asked to identify a song by making it “listen”’ to a piece of music. Due to its immense popularity, the organization’s name quickly turned into a verb used in regular conversation (“Do you know this song? Let’s Shazam it.“). A successful identification is referred to as a Shazam recognition. Shazam users can opt-in…

Digitizing the Tour de France 2017 – II

A few weeks back, I gave some examples of how data, predictive analytics, and visualization are changing the Tour de France experience. Today, I came across another wonderful example visualizing the sequences of geospatial data (i.e., the movement) of the cyclists during the 11th stage of the Tour de France  (blue dots). Moreover, the locations of…