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Data on a Line

Introduction: As a scientist, looking for new ways to visualize data easily seems to be one of those weekly/monthly/yearly tasks. I have to agree with Kristin -- circles catch the eye in ways that bar graphs just don't. My brain goes to the idea of density plots, but then again, that might be the hour. Phyllis

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Author: Kristin Henry
Author's comments: I still like the circles for a data visualization, but they just don't work on a map animation. Here are two versions drawn along a line. The map is still there, but as a faint background. While these don't have the impact of placing data on a map, and expanding it over time, they are interesting. If I had time, I'd make the version with circles stretchy, so that the circles would always stay the same distance apart regardless of the diameters.

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Using circles gives it an additional sense of 'urgency' I think. Really nice visualization!