The Fifth Elephant 2015

A conference on data, machine learning, and distributed and parallel computing

Static & Interactive Exploratory Data Analysis in R

Submitted by Amit Kapoor (@amitkaps) on Sunday, 14 June 2015

Section: Workshop Technical level: Intermediate

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Learn to quickly do static and interactive visual exploration of large datasets in R


Exploratory data analysis is a fundamental part of the data science pipeline. This workshop will enable you to build your skills to do quick static and interactive EDA using R. It will cover the following topic.

  • Introduction: The Grammar of (Static & Interactive) Graphics
  • Portrait: Single Variable Distribution (Continuous, Categorical)
  • Comparison: Dual Variable Comparisons (Continuous vs. Categorical, Categorical vs. Categorical, Continuous vs. Continuous)
  • Multi Variable: Using Color, Shape, Size, Facets, Matrix, 3D, Parallel
  • Maps: Starting with analysing spatial data

In addition we will cover what type of interactions would be useful for further exploration e.g. Navigation, Selection, Annotation, Brushing, Filtering, Tours

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A basic level of familiarity with R and Rstudio is assumed for the session. Also, please do install the following R packages ahead of the session - ggplot2, ggmap, GGally, ggvis, shiny, manipulate, dplyr, hexbin

Speaker bio

Amit Kapoor is interested in learning and teaching the craft of telling visual stories with data. He uses storytelling and data visualization as tools for improving communication, persuasion and leadership. He conducts workshops and trainings for corporates, non-profits, colleges, and individuals at narrativeVIZ Consulting. He also teaches storytelling with data as an invited guest faculty in executive courses at IIM Bangalore and IIM Ahmedabad and design courses at NID, Bangalore.

His background is in strategy consulting in using data-driven stories to drive change across organizations and businesses. He has more than 12 years of management consulting experience, first with AT Kearney in India, then with Booz & Company in Europe and more recently for startups in Bangalore. He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Delhi and PGDM (MBA) from IIM, Ahmedabad. You can find more about him at and tweet him at @amitkaps




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