All the World’s Economies in One Chart & the Best Burrito Bar Graph

Plotly’s Weekly Graph Roundup


It’s been an exciting week for us, and we wanted to share some of our favorite Plotly graphs with you. We’ve decided to move this round-up to Medium, but check out our Tumblr to see this post with the interactive graphs embedded, and to find more awesome content.


FBI Crime Statistics

These first two graphs are from “Exploring FBI Crime Statistics with Glue and Plotly”, by Chris Beaumont. Chris explains how he used Glue, an application he developed, to analyze FBI historical crime stats, and then used Plotly to publish his figures as the interactive, embeddable graphs screencapped below.

Color shows interesting trends, like DC’s murder rate, and the national rise in rates of sexual assault, particularly in South Dakota. Read the notebook, or our post about it, for more.

Click to see the interactive graph
Click to see the interactive graph

All the World’s Economies in One Chart

Étienne Pinard put together this chart to demonstrate how to make small multiples charts in Plotly. He used GapMinder, the set of global economic and health data in Hans Rosling’s famous bubble charts, to make a separate lineplot of GDP from 1952-2007 for 142 different countries.

Here they are, colored by geography, and organized by descending slope — the fastest growing economies are listed first. The y-axes on the charts are log scaled, so differences appear larger at the bottom of the axis than they do at the top. Check out the tutorial to learn more!

Click to see the interactive graph

Kids Kicking Bottle, (Hitting Bong Instead?)

We built this line plot out of two charts in German Lopez’s article in Vox on trends in CDC data. “The slight uptick in recent marijuana use and continuing downward trend in alcohol and tobacco lend credence to the idea that people might substitute much more dangerous drugs with the relatively safe marijuana,” Lopez wrote.

Read the article here. Or check out our post of Vox visualizations.

Click to see the interactive graph

The Search for America’s Best Burrito

We remade the graphs from a lot of FiveThirtyEight’s burrito coverage over the last few weeks. This bar graph is a graph of California burrito-rias, ranked by their Value Over Replacement Burrito, or “VORB”. From FiveThirtyEight:

VORB is inspired by the baseball statistic VORP, or Value Over Replacement Player. Just as VORP measures both the quality of a baseball player’s performance and how often he plays, VORB accounts for both the quality and the quantity of a restaurant’s reviews [on Yelp].
Click to see the interactive graph

Because California is home to such hard-hitters as El Farolito, La Taqueria, and El Zarape — not to mention Yelp, California restaurants got a league of their own. But FiveThirtyEight also covered the rest of the U.S., resulting in many more Plotly remakes. Read more about the great burrito search here.


Polish Exam Graders Have Soft Hearts

This histogram shows the grade distribution for the essay portion of the Matura test, which is required to graduate high school in Poland. A passing score is a 30.

Click to see the interactive graph

UK Housing Prices Slowed-up in May

This mixed bar and line chart is from an import.io analysis of the International Monetary Fund warning that we’re headed for a global housing crash. From the blog post:

The IMF expressed its concern after Nationwide’s latest house price index showed UK prices have increased by 11.1% in the past 12 months, to an average of £186,512, thus hitting the record high. But the monthly rate of growth slowed down in May, with a rise of 0.7% following April’s 1.2% increase.
Click to see the interactive graph

Women Do a Lot of Unpaid Work

These last two line plots come from a Guardian article by Bridie Jabour on economic conditions in Australia, with data gathered in the Hilda survey. From the article:

The proportion of heterosexual couples in which the female is the breadwinner has also risen slightly, from 23% in the early 2000s to 25% by 2011, but women continue to do the bulk of unpaid work.
Women are considerably more likely to be unpaid carers than men, with 9.1% of females aged 15 and over providing unpaid care on an ongoing basis in 2011, compared with 5.8% of males aged 15 and over.
Click to see the interactive graph on females, or the interactive graph on males
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