Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Data Visualization: Top 25 MLS Salaries

I created an account tonight on Many Eyes, a website whose goal is to "...democratize visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis." The website allows you to upload data sets and apply different visualizations. I'm pretty excited about the possibilities. Carlee is as well. She is talking about creating networking diagrams off of data from my team's soccer games. That will be one effective coaching tool.

So here are the first two visualizations I created. Both are from a data set I grabbed off of Climbing the Ladder, a cool soccer blog with tons of data. I started out really simple and the data set I used was the Top 25 MLS Salaries that the site published. This is a basic bubble chart of the data. Clicking the image below takes you to an interactive visualization of the data set. You can highlight multiple bubbles and see totals or percentage. Also, you can view this by player or team. Check it out.

The following visualization is a treemap of the same data set. Again, clicking the image will take you to an interactive version. Example of why this is cool: As soon as I organized this by team, I was able to immediately tell that the salary of Blanco and Armas was equal to the combined salaries of Angel, Reyna and Mathis.

I'm looking forward to playing with this a lot more. If you have a data set that would be cool to explore, let me know.

1 comment:

SINEDDIE said...

you can do a data set of what position in MLB tends to hit the most home runs in the last 20 years. you can see whom is the homerun leader each year, mark what position he plays...and so on and so on.
why not?