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The Data Visualization Workshop

By : Mario Döbler, Tim Großmann
Book Image

The Data Visualization Workshop

By: Mario Döbler, Tim Großmann

Overview of this book

Do you want to transform data into captivating images? Do you want to make it easy for your audience to process and understand the patterns, trends, and relationships hidden within your data? The Data Visualization Workshop will guide you through the world of data visualization and help you to unlock simple secrets for transforming data into meaningful visuals with the help of exciting exercises and activities. Starting with an introduction to data visualization, this book shows you how to first prepare raw data for visualization using NumPy and pandas operations. As you progress, you’ll use plotting techniques, such as comparison and distribution, to identify relationships and similarities between datasets. You’ll then work through practical exercises to simplify the process of creating visualizations using Python plotting libraries such as Matplotlib and Seaborn. If you’ve ever wondered how popular companies like Uber and Airbnb use geoplotlib for geographical visualizations, this book has got you covered, helping you analyze and understand the process effectively. Finally, you’ll use the Bokeh library to create dynamic visualizations that can be integrated into any web page. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have learned how to present engaging mission-critical insights by creating impactful visualizations with real-world data.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)
7. Combining What We Have Learned

Basic Plotting

As mentioned before, the plotting interface of Bokeh gives us a higher-level abstraction, which allows us to quickly visualize data points on a grid.

To create a new plot, we have to define our imports to load the necessary dependencies:

# importing the necessary dependencies
import pandas as pd
from bokeh.plotting import figure, show
from import output_notebook

Before we can create a plot, we need to import the dataset. In the examples in this chapter, we will work with a computer hardware dataset. It can be imported by using pandas' read_csv method.

# loading the Dataset with pandas
dataset = pd.read_csv('../../Datasets/computer_hardware.csv')

The basic flow when using the plotting interface is comparable to that of Matplotlib. We first create a figure. This figure is then used as a container to define elements and call methods on:

# adding an index column to use it for the x-axis