I’ve always wanted one of those wall maps that you can push pins into to show where all you’ve been. However, with college and grad school and whatnot, I’ve never really had the energy to put one up, since I know I’ll just have to take it down the next time I move. Then, something occurred to me:
I like maps. I like traveling. I like R. So why not spend a night putting them all together?
Update 19-May-2016: broken link removed and link to the github repo added instead
I ran across this post (link broken, github repo) announcing a weekly R/python visualization challenge and decided that this was the perfect excuse I needed to brush up on my mapping skills.
An R script with all the code in one place is available on my github repo.
Here, we’ll graph the lower 48 states and color them depending on how many drone sightings have been reported to the FAA in 2014 and 2015 total.