Pranav Dar — January 31, 2018
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Introduction

Writing codes is fun. Creating models with them is even more intriguing. But things start getting tricky when it comes to presenting our work to a non-technical person.

This is where visualizations comes in. They are one of the best ways of telling a story with data. In this article, we look at some of the best charts and graphs people have created using tools like Python, R, and Tableau, among others.

I have also included the link to the source code or the official research paper, so you can attempt to create these visualizations on your machines or just get a general understanding of how it was created.

Let’s get into it.

 

Visualizing the tree line using solar panels

This is a beautiful graph where the author has visualized the trees around his house using solar panel data and the position of the sun.

You can access the source code here.

Tool Used: R

 

Calculating the Age of the Universe

Using data from Hyperleda, the author created this visualization in R to calculate the age of the universe. Astonishingly, his calculations were only off by -0.187% from the accepted age of the universe.

You can access the source code here.

Tool Used: R

 

Rendering the Moon using Earth’s Colors

This is a rendering of how the moon would look if it was filled with Earth’s colors. A spectacular effort using the moon’s topography which was converted to colormap using matplotlib and cpt city. The 3-D model was created with blender and python.

You can access the source code here.

Tool Used: Python

 

Gaussian Distribution

 

What’s impressive about this graphic is that it was created using JavaScript in a HTML document (you read that correctly).

You can access the source code here.

Tool Used: JavaScript

 

1.3 Billion Taxi Trips in New York City

An absolutely gorgeous firefly-like visualization. The author collected, cleaned and plotted the pick-up and drop-off locations of all taxi rides in New York between January 2009 and June 2016.

You can access the source code here.

Tool Used: Python

 

Instability of an unsteered bicycle

This surreal visualization shows 800 runs of a bicycle being pushed to the right. For each run, the path of the front wheel is shown until the bicycle fell over. The research paper is written in a humorous tone as well, adding to the already fascinating effort of creating self-riding bicycles.

You can access the research paper here.

Tool Used: Python

 

The World Seen Through 17,000 Travel Itineraries

According to the author, “Each city is plotted with its (lat, lng) coordinates and connected to any other city that came after it in someone’s itinerary. For example, London is connected to Paris because there’s at least one itinerary going from the former to the latter. The countries were clustered together and colored using the Louvain Modularity. All countries of the same color have trips that go between each other more often than other countries.”

You can further read about it, and access the source code files, here.

Tools Used: Tableau, Gephy

 

The BB-8 Droid

If you are a fan of the Star Wars franchise then this one is for you. The author created this droid using shapes (and a couple of other libraries) in R.

You can access the source code here.

Tool Used: R

 

Visualizing Solar Eclipses

The author has visualized solar eclipses over 5 millennia based on type, date, duration, and latitude. A spectacular effort.

You can access the Tableau workbook here.

Tool Used: Tableau

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This Tableau visualization contains all of Jimi Hendrix’s live performances between 1967 and 1970. It includes which songs were played and their frequency, where the concerts were held, among other insightful data.

You can access the Tableau workbook here.

Tool Used: Tableau

 

These are just a few of the amazing visualizations out there. Have you come across any others recently? Let us know using the comments section below!

About the Author

Pranav Dar

Senior Editor at Analytics Vidhya. Data visualization practitioner who loves reading and delving deeper into the data science and machine learning arts. Always looking for new ways to improve processes using ML and AI.

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21 thoughts on "A Collection of 10 Data Visualizations You Must See"

Joe
Joe says: January 31, 2018 at 3:43 pm
Awesome examples of visual data!! Helps understanding and learning. Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: January 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm
Glad you found it useful and enjoyable, Joe. :) Reply
Jayden
Jayden says: February 02, 2018 at 2:35 am
Hi Analytics Vidhya, Good work Team Keep it up.!! Jayden (Y) Reply
Jayadev Senapathi
Jayadev Senapathi says: February 02, 2018 at 6:15 pm
This gave me even more inspiration for Data Science. Thank you bro. Reply
Mansa
Mansa says: February 02, 2018 at 9:04 pm
The article was a delight to read. It's time pages on this website have like/super like buttons! Reply
V V CHAKRADHAR
V V CHAKRADHAR says: February 06, 2018 at 12:08 am
The taxi trips implementation was great !! Shall be venturing into that one first :) Reply
Afreen Shaik
Afreen Shaik says: February 07, 2018 at 12:13 pm
Wows.....always thought Visualizations are only to used to design graphs but by seeing this above graphs individual can understand it requires creative thinking, added efforts to make the visualizations more attractive. AWESOME !!!!! Reply
MILIND
MILIND says: February 07, 2018 at 7:52 pm
Hi Pranav, Excellent article. Keep sharing. Reply
Akshesh Doshi
Akshesh Doshi says: February 07, 2018 at 8:18 pm
You saved the most fascinating one (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) for the end! :D Reply
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lavanya Anantharaman says: February 08, 2018 at 4:53 pm
Interesting! Reply
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R-Algo Engineering Big Data says: February 15, 2018 at 7:31 am
Very nice article. I really enjoyed the data visualization and my favorite The World Seen Through 17,000 Travel Itineraries visual. Reply
Somnath Pardeshi
Somnath Pardeshi says: March 08, 2018 at 1:15 pm
Really Great Collection ... Many Many Thanks.... Reply
Aditya Soni
Aditya Soni says: March 23, 2018 at 6:35 pm
Awesome thanks... Looking for new visuals now... Reply
Dina Jankovic
Dina Jankovic says: May 04, 2018 at 5:15 am
Impressive! Thanks for sharing. Reply
Matt Sandy
Matt Sandy says: May 14, 2018 at 11:21 pm
Some good stuff, I hadn't seen the Hendrix Experience charts before. Reply
Ronald Lieuw
Ronald Lieuw says: May 15, 2018 at 7:29 am
the 1.3 Billion Taxi Trips in New York City link is broken! Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: May 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm
Hi Ronald, Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The link had been changed at the source and we have updated it to point towards the correct GitHub repository. Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: May 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm
Hi Matt, That one has turned out to be one of the more popular charts in this list. Glad you enjoyed reading it! Reply
Will Strouse
Will Strouse says: September 12, 2018 at 7:27 am
Thank you for including my Hendrix Viz on your list! Reply
Pranav Dar
Pranav Dar says: September 12, 2018 at 10:12 am
Great work, Will! Your ideas and final execution have combined marvelously well. It's become one of the most popular visualizations in this list. Reply

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