Calendar Plots should be Easy
Monday December 29, 2014
Popularized by Mike Bostock's example and the GitHub contribution calendar, calendar plots have some recognition now.
Calendar plots can be very good for showing daily data over time when weekly, monthly, and yearly structure are relevant. While color is not ideal for conveying numeric data, patterns can be made quickly discernible and interaction can add table lookup functionality.
I want to be able to do something like this in R and get an interactive calendar plot:
# this package does not (yet) exist library(plotcal) plot.cal(values, dates)
I want to be able to do something like this in Python and get an interactive calendar plot:
# this package does not (yet) exist from plot_cal import plot_cal plot_cal(values, dates)
Such functionality could also interact more closely with
DataFrames, tuples, maps/dicts, etc. That would be fine.
Somebody should make such functions, or extend some existing packages to include them. Or if such things already exist, somebody should just tell me about it. Either way, I will say thank you.