I'm a big fan of the etymology maps on reddit. These gave me the idea of creating a map that would translate any English word (or two) to other European languages using Google Translate. The results are often far from perfect - the screenshot below shows that "a bug in a rug" becomes "an error in a rug" in Spanish. This may be partly because Google Translate has little context to work with when only one or two words are entered, and partly because it just isn't as smart as a human translator. Still, hopefully it's fun to play with!
Friday, 24 January 2014
A couple of my recent experiments have been treemap visualisations using D3. Treemaps are useful for showing part-to-whole relationships when there are many data points and the data points can be categorised (countries by continent, stocks by sector and sub-sector etc). The Map of the Market is a nice example.
The interactive treemap I created of emissions and population is shown below. I think it does a reasonable job of showing the data, but perhaps it could be improved by dividing the countries into categories such as continents. I also wonder if side-by-side bar charts might be a simpler better way to show the data.
For more information and links on treemaps, see this article by their inventor, Ben Shneiderman.