This post was inspired by this competition, hosted by JumpingRivers. The competition asks you to extract data from their GitHub account containing the details of R groups and R ladies groups around the world. With this data it asks you to create a visualisation, of any kind. I’ve been working on my visualisation skills in R so I thought I would have a go at entering.

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After learning to plot graphs in R using ggplot2, the next visualisation technique in R I wanted to learn was how to plot geographical data on maps. There is a package called ggmap that works with ggplot2 to allow you to plot maps. You download a map of your chosen location from google maps and use it as a layer in the ggplot2 plotting system.

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When I first learn R at university, we were taught to do all our graphs using the base R graph functions. I had no idea until earlier this year that there was another way! While searching for R help on different forums, I kept running into a plotting package called ‘ggplot2’ that everyone seemed to be using.I decided I needed to do my research and find out what all the hype is about. In this post I will be demonstrating some simple ‘ggplot2’ visualisations using data about the Brit Awards. The 2018 award show only just took place a few days ago, so as well as being topical, I thought the data would make for some pretty fun graphs.

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Jennifer Snape

Interesting data science and mathematical projects!


London, Uk