Thursday, August 27, 2015

Data visualization with R: geographic networks

I just bumped into this blog from a team at SNAP, where Matthew Leonawicz and his colleagues share some great data visualizations they've been creating with R (and some code snippets). Here are two nice examples of geographic networks on a flat map and on a 3D model of the Earth

This is very similar to the work of James Cheshire (UCL) on mapping the World’s Biggest Airlinesglobal migration and commuting patterns. Neat stuff. I've just added their blog to my feedly





[image credit: Matthew Leonawicz]

Quote of the Day

"The social sciences makes something everyone understands but no one is interested in and turns it into something no one understands and everyone seems interested in." 
(Tony King on a lecture titled "The Tale of Three Cities") ht Kelsi Nagy 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Globe of Economic Complexity

The Atlas of Economic Complexity is a project born from the collaboration between Cesar Hidalgo (MIT) and Ricardo Hausmann (Harvard). The Atlas has an online tool with interactive chars and maps that enables users to visualize a country’s total trade, track how these dynamics change over time and explore growth opportunities for more than a hundred countries worldwide.

More recently, the project has resealed a new visualization tool, the Globe of Economic Complexity (created by Owen Cornec and Romain Vuillemot.). The Start Intro is quite hypnotic, perfect for a few hours of curious procrastination. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Glaeser on The Happiness of Cities

Ed Glaeser has recently delivered an interesting talk at LSE about happiness and cities.


ps. On a similar topic, here is a great paper discussing well-being and transport.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Mapping NYC Taxi Data with python

The government of New York City has published a number of datasets with records of all taxi trips completed in NYC in 2014 and select months of 2015. The datasets are in CSV format and you can download them here (I thank Chris Whong for the pointer).


[image credit: Daniel Forsyth]

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Transport Tech Revolution? Hold your horses!


There is an increasing buzz about the tech revolution that would happen in the transport sector in the next decades. Here is a glimpse of what I'm talking about.


In a more down to earth perspective, Tim Schwanen (TSU/Oxford) writes short piece with a few good reasons to expect the future of transport to look remarkably familiar. Here is his article.