Time for sports to get a dataviz makeover

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I have to confess, I am not into sports. Nor do I know much about football. But as media and data professional, I am irked by how sport is summarised and visually conveyed. I am referring here to the ubiquitous league table. Present everywhere, whether being in print or online. All team sports’ results are recapped in such table. RTS Sports’s football table for the Swiss Super League What’s wrong with league table?


Interactive mekko charts in R

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Mekko what? Despite its confusing name, Mekko or Marimekko chart is a simple yet effective data visualisation form. Here is a rundown in R for the interactive Mekko chart under (which is part of this story). I used ggiraph, a great ggplot2 extension that binds d3.js to ggplot2. This allows to easily turn a ggplot2 object into an interactive graphic. The bar height here is proportional to the number of jobs and shows the large difference of jobs for different occupations.