Animation for Effective Data Visualization with R (Chicago Data Viz Community)

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Enova International

175 W Jackson Blvd · Chicago, IL

How to find us

Go to the elevators near the center of the building. An Enova volunteer will get you into the elevator and guide you to the meetup space.

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Join us for an event with the Chicago Data Viz Community! This event is kindly hosted and sponsored by Enova.

6:00 - 6:30: mingling and settling in; food and drinks provided by Enova.
6:30 - 6:40: Announcements and introductions (and lightening talks?)
6:40 - ~7:25: Stephanie Kirmer speaks
~7:25 - 8:00: more mingling and food

*****About the Talk*****
Adding animation to graphs can make visualizations eye-catching and effective for transmitting complex information to audiences. In this talk, attendees will learn about using animation in data visualizations in R using ggplot2 and gganimate. Topics will include: how to choose when an animation might (or might not) be an appropriate option for your use case, ways to make sure your visualization still communicates clearly and succinctly when animated, and a hands-on walk-through of how to turn a not-so-great static visualization into a great animated plot. The gganimate package will be the key tool discussed, and some familiarity with ggplot2 is recommended but not required.

*****About the Speaker*****
Stephanie Kirmer is a Senior Data Scientist at Journera, a company that helps the travel industry coordinate and manage customer data efficiently and securely, to improve traveler experiences. Previously she worked at Uptake, where she developed tools for analyzing fuel efficiency, and constructed predictive models for diagnosing and preventing mechanical failure. Before joining Uptake, she worked on data science for social policy research at the University of Chicago. Stephanie holds an MA in Sociology from Portland State University and an MA in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from DePaul University.

***** R- Ladies ***
We are a group of women and non-binary individuals who code with the programming language R and support each other on our learning journey.

Please help us by spreading the word about R-Ladies, and by being respectful of the fact that this event is primarily for women/non-binary/female-identifying individuals.

• What to bring
Laptop or notebook if you can! Wifi is available and live-tweeting is encouraged.

• Important to know
We expect all attendees to abide & be governed by our community code of conduct. Please take a moment to review our R-Ladies Global code of conduct (particularly if this is your first time attending!):