Four tips for creating interactive visualisations with Shiny

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I’ve recently presented a toy Shiny app at the Edinburgh Data Visualization Meetup to demonstrate how Shiny can be used to explore data interactively. In my code-assisted walkthrough, I began by discussing the data used: a set of records detailing customer purchases made on Black Friday (i.e., each customer was given a unique ID, which was repeated in long format in the case of multiple purchases). Both the customers and the items purchased are described along various dimensions (e.


Exploring transport routes, journey characteristics and postcode networks using R Shiny

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Leaflet map (blurred): the thicker/‘redder’ the route, the more travelled it is. As part of The Data Lab, I worked on a project for visualising the traffic flow within a subsidised transport service, operated by a Scottish council. This visualisation needed to display variations in traffic flow conditional on factors such as the time of day, day of the week, journey purpose, as well as other criteria. The overall aim here was to explore and identify areas of particular activity, as well as provide some insight into how this transport service might be improved.


Using Shiny for interactive displays of health data: The Scottish Burden of Diseases

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The Accelerator programme run by The Data Lab between 19 April 2018 - 06 September 2018 was a Scottish Government collaborative project, open to employees of the Scottish Government, the Information Services Division, the National Records of Scotland and Registers of Scotland. Employees applying to take part had a background in statistics, economics, operational research and social research, and sought to improve their data skills across a variety of areas.