Lately I’ve been working on D3. There is definitely a lot to learn, a lot to gain and improve. This blog post is a quick summary of knowledge that I gained in the last few weeks playing with D3. Initially I started looking for tutorials, and books on the subject. To be honest I’ve got a bit frustrated due to the lack of detailed material on the subject. I found “D3.js Essential Training for Data Scientists” on Lynda.com that guided me in the right direction. I discovered for myself https://bl.ocks.org/, and since then I started checking different types of visualization provided on that website. My way of learning is to think about a problem/case that might interest me, see if there is any solution available, if not then divide the problem into smaller tasks, and work on them one by one.
Let’s look at few examples below. I am working on New Mexico data for this blog post. The data was gathered through US Census Bureau, and US Department of Labor websites. Disclaimer: this is not a complete analysis of the data; data is used for visualization purposes only, all the data is available for public on the above mentioned websites. I will be working on a few tutorials in the next few weeks, explaining the below examples in bigger detail.
Above is the population estimates map for 2016. You can hover the mouse over the map to see the information displayed. As it is expected, Bernalillo County is the highest in population, while Harding is the least populous county in New Mexico. D3 allow us to create a threshold scale (Mike Bostock’ Choropleth example), and assign predefined color scale to the data input.
Let’s look at the population change rate since 2010 census.
Looking at the above maps, the population change is observed from rural to metropolitan areas. South-east New Mexico saw increase in population since 2010 census most likely due to increase in oil industry related jobs. Meanwhile San Juan Co. (Farmington) saw the massive drop in population. Sandoval Co. (Rio Rancho) got almost 8% increase in population.
Median income is higher in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque area, even though the change is not as significant as in Eddy and Lea counties. These two counties have higher increase rate with comparable median income. About 36% income drop observed in Mora Co. since 2010, which has the lowest median income in the state.
Unemployment data for 2017 is available on the Department of Labor website. There is a drop in unemployment rates since Jan 2017, matching the overall country unemployment trend. Lowest rate is Los Alamos, and highest is Luna Co. Unemployment rate in Luna Co. dropped from about 20% to 14% in 5 months.
These are just a few examples on map plotting with the help of D3.