Life is meant to be enjoyed, not filled with hate, rage and anger. As someone who does his best to stay true to this mentality I try to make sure things in life don’t rattle me for the most part I am able to do this. Unfortunately there are things that can cause me serious agitia, Knicks fans, Spike Lee, the Washington Redskins, and PIE CHARTS.
While I despise all of the aforementioned, I won’t argue that the Washington Redskins, Knicks fans or Spike Lee shouldn’t exist. My personal opinions aside, they’ve done some good in the world for the people that are fond of them. The same cannot be said about the pie chart.
The pie chart shouldn’t exist and has only made the world a worse place. It is an utterly ineffective way to communicate information, uglier than Kris Jenner without her makeup on, and as useless as any of Kardashian reality show. How and why the pie charts became a popular mass form of data visualization is up for debate and irrelevant compared to the reality that people continue to use them when they shouldn’t. This Has To Change
I am many things but an authority on data visualization and data science is not one of those things. Thankfully due to my passion for , great code collaboration and learning tools like and my favorite communication tool I’ve found some great authority figures who can better explain why pie charts suck.
Here are a few of from some of my most trusted data visualization experts:
Yes the waffle.
It is essentially a square pie chart. It takes your data and plots it on a predefined X-Y plane. It effectively shows sizing differences in an elegant and beautiful way.
Creating waffle charts used to be a somewhat herculean task and that’s where Bob’s heroics come into play.
Bob recently developed the waffle package for R. A magnificent package that let’s you easily create gorgeous waffle chart via Hadley Wickham’s game changing ggplot2 package.
Now all you need is a few lines of code to never ever need a pie chart again.
So now its time for me to prove to you how much better the waffle chart is than the pie chart. I even am going to use existing pie charts from one of my favorite twitter accounts Wu Tang Finance. One of my biggest beefs with Wu Tang Finance is their constant use of pie charts. For today’s experiment we are going to recreate their shitty pie charts in beautiful waffle chart form and even add a little financial pizazz by layering in some themes from media outlets that also love to use the pie chart.
#devtools::install_github("hrbrmstr/waffle") install if it isnt library(waffle) library(ggthemes) library(magrittr)
wutang.boo <- c(`Your Block\nThat You're From`=100, `Your\nNew Bitch` = 100, `Your\nHomeboy` = 100, `Little Hoes\nYou Went\nTo School\nWith` = 100) wutang.boo %>% waffle( rows = 10, size = .75 , colors=c('#3EAFBD',"#FF6A4F", "#43D75B","#9A59B5"), title = "T.R.U.I.M.P.H.\nof the Waffle Chart\nAspects of Your Life\nThat Are Boo Boo" ) + theme_wsj() + scale_x_continuous(breaks=NULL) + scale_y_continuous(breaks=NULL)
wutang.nate <- c(`Nate\nDogg` = 80, `Toilet\nSeat` = 20) wutang.nate %>% waffle( rows = 5, size = .75, colors = c('#000000', '#C4C8CB'), title = "Booty Obtained\n1 Box == Log10 Ladies" ) + theme_fivethirtyeight() + scale_x_continuous(breaks=NULL) + scale_y_continuous(breaks=NULL)
wutang.kdot <- c(`He\nMad` = 99, `He\nStressin'` = 1) wutang.kdot %>% waffle( rows = 5, size = .75, colors = c('#0953A0', '#FF7518'), title = "K Dot Back in Da Hood" ) + theme_economist() + scale_x_continuous(breaks=NULL) + scale_y_continuous(breaks=NULL)
wutang.fresh <- c(`So\nFresh` = 50, `So\nClean` = 50) wutang.fresh %>% waffle( rows = 10, size = .75, colors = c('#000080', '#FF0000'), title = "Aint Nobody As Dope As Me Cuz I'm...." ) + theme_tufte() + scale_x_continuous(breaks=NULL) + scale_y_continuous(breaks=NULL)
most <- 99/5 wutang.biggie <- c(`What your\ninterests are` = most, `Who you\nbe with` = most, `Things that\nmake you\nsmile` = most, `What numbers\nto dial` = most, `You gon'\n be here\nfor a while` = most, `What's\nyour\nFICO\nscore` = 1 ) wutang.biggie %>% waffle( rows = 5, size = .75, title = "Things Biggie Smalls Will Ask You\nAfter He Creep Up From Behind" ) + theme_economist_white() + scale_x_continuous(breaks=NULL) + scale_y_continuous(breaks=NULL)