Data Visualization and D3.js Newsletter Issue 163

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Welcome to issue 163 of the DashingD3js.com Weekly Newsletter.
 

Onwards to this week's links...
 

Featured
 

  • The Grammar of Graphics [Free and Legal]
    Springer has made many of it's older books free in PDF format. This is one of them...This book was written for statisticians, computer scientists, geographers, researchers, and others interested in visualizing data. It presents a unique foundation for producing almost every quantitative graphic found in scientific journals, newspapers, statistical packages, and data visualization systems...
     
  • Introducing d3-scale
    If visualization is constructing “visual representations of abstract data to amplify cognition”, then perhaps the most important concept in D3 is the scale, which maps a dimension of abstract data to a visual variable...And now scales are available in a standalone library, d3-scale...
 

Data Visualization Reading and Videos
 

  • Japanese Empty Houses
    In rapidly aging Japan, there are about 8.2 million vacant homes, which account for 13.5% of all the residential buildings. The ratio marked an all time high...As the map below shows, the problem is ahead worsened in rural areas, where generally the elderly ratio is higher than urban regions...
  • The Star Wars social network
    I decided to look at the whole 6-movie cycle from a quantitative point of view and extract the Star Wars social networks, both within each film and across the whole Star Wars universe. Looking at the social network structure reveals some surprising differences between the original trilogy and the prequels...
  • The most misleading charts of 2015, fixed
    We make a lot of charts here at Quartz. We also spend a lot of time thinking and talking about charts. We have a 6,000-word guide to dealing with bad data and a treatise on properly using the y-axis. So when we see charts in the wild that use fuzzy or bad data, improperly skew axes, or are otherwise misleading, we get sad...So this year, we rounded up the worst offenders and corrected them...
  • FiveThirtyEight Is Hiring A Data Visualization Intern For Summer 2016
    FiveThirtyEight is looking for a data visualization intern to help us make charts for the site this summer...The internship will include a mix of designing, editing and producing static graphics to accompany stories on the site, assisting with reporting and research, creating original stories, and — depending on the intern’s skill set and level of interest — contributing to bigger interactive projects...
  • 10 Best Data Visualization Projects of 2015
    Fine visualization work was alive and well in 2015, and I'm sure we're in for good stuff next year too. Projects sprouted up across many topics and applications, but if I had to choose one theme for the year, it'd have to be teaching, whether it be through explaining, simulations, or depth. At times it felt like visualization creators dared readers to understand data and statistics beyond what they were used to...
 

D3.js Reading and Videos
 

  • D3 + 3D: using d3.js with AFrame [Video]
    I [Ian Johnson (@enjalot)] went home for the holidays and showed my brother how I've been mashing up d3.js with http://aframe.io to quickly build 3D datavis. I go over a basic 3D bar chart, maybe not the best chart to use but it is the simplest extension from 2D to 3D...A-Frame is great because it uses the DOM, making it just like SVG but for 3 dimensional graphics...
  • d3-pedigree-examples - Examples of how to create family pedigrees with D3
    When I started learning how to draw pedigrees with D3, I had difficulty mixing and matching techniques from different examples and separating the basics from the fancy stylistic additions. Hopefully by showing the basics and how to incrementally add advanced features, you won't have to become an expert in D3 just to draw a pedigree...
  • Data Visualization and D3.js with Irene Ros [34 Minute Podcast Interview]
    Scott talks to Data Visualization expert Irene Ros. When she isn't contributing to the Miso Project, teaching her d3.js class, or working on making OpenVis Conf the best data visualization conference it can be, she's working on projects that focus on creating engaging interactive visual displays of information...

Hope that you had a great past week and that next week is even better!

Wishing you the best, 
Sebastian Gutierrez
@DashingD3js
www.dashingd3js.com

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