Visualizing Baseball Data

Welcome to the Visual-Baseball Project, where I merge historical baseball data with the latest in data visualization approaches. Check out some of my work by clicking on the Portfolio menu link or browse the blog to see what I'm working on at the moment.

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CartoDB MLB Birthplace Map

Finally, thanks to the brilliance of the CartoDB platform and abetted by the beautiful Stamen Design watercolors theme, I have a map that tracks the debut of thousands of major league ballplayers from 1871 to 2013 (2014 data will be added at a future date). This is one I’ve been cooking up for awhile, but couldn’t get to as a top priority, given that it required some late night time fixing geo codes for hundreds of towns in places like the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Venezuela. All that was finally completed, giving me a dataset with a high degree of integrity – probably 99% accurate. Have a look at the finished map – going to full screen mode will let you appreciate it even more: This is the first in what could become a series, as the same information could be displayed in a variety of other formats such as bubbles, choropleth (filled maps), or clusters. What to say about CartoDB? It’s absolutely brilliant in both concept and execution, and the founders seem willing to make strategic modifications on the fly. For now, I’m working with the free version (limited data capacity), but in time, may want to step up, given the capabilities of the software. Here’s a look at what I’m talking about, so you can get a feel for the user interface – very clean and easy to navigate. First, the entire window for the current project: CSS styling is also available for those wishing to… Read more →

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Data Visualization, Aesthetics and Intuition

As I worked through a just completed project chronicling the diverse musical career of Neil Young, some valuable (if unintended) insights were reinforced once more. I work on a regular basis with a variety of large datasets that require analysis,… Read more →

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Network Data Adventures with Gephi

Posting to the blog has become a luxury recently, what with a summer full of youth baseball, some organizational changes at work, summer home projects, and of course the upcoming Gephi book. I’ve learned that one has to be especially… Read more →

Visual-Baseball Site Refresh

This one wasn’t in the plan, at least not so quickly, but I decided to go ahead and do a site update with a new theme. The new layout has a little more visual style, particularly on the landing page,… Read more →

Mastering Gephi Book Update

Lest anyone think of me as a full-time author, rest assured that the likes of J.K. Rowling are not trembling in fear. Even if I had the ability to conjure up creative plots, I type too damn slow to make… Read more →

Day 3 Eyeo Festival Recap

Well, it’s come and gone again, like a fleeting annual romance, a la Same Time Next Year, the Alan Alda & Ellen Burstyn feature about a couple that meets for a single weekend once a year. This is how I… Read more →

Eyeo Festival Day 2 Recap

Writing this from the charming confines of the Bull Run coffee shop on Lynvale, nestled in a mostly residential part of South Minneapolis, and reflecting on another great day at the 2014 Eyeo Festival over a real deal croissant and… Read more →

More Eyeo Festival Mind Expansion

As expected, the first full day at the 2014 Eyeo Festival was mind blowing, and what was interesting is that some of it came from unanticipated sources. While I knew that Mike Bostock, Nicholas Felton, et al would provide interesting… Read more →

First Night at Eyeo Festival 2014

What a great first night at the 2014 Eyeo Festival, as things kicked off in grand style at the post-apocalyptic Aria, where the beer was flowing while old acquaintances were renewed and new relationships were made. The level of commitment… Read more →