I’ve been excited lately about the later stages of the UEFA Champions League, which pits the best football clubs in Europe against one another in a tournament-style competition that lasts intermittently for several months. We’re inching close to the semi-finals and the final, which comes in late May.
The first view categorizes the winners by country. Spain has more wins, followed by Italy and England (click the image for the interactive version):
This view shows the winners by club: ¡¡Hala Madrid!!
Change the interactive version views by reordering the treemap hierarchy at the top, or by changing the drop-down menus at the bottom.
We all know that newspapers are struggling to maintain circulation, and some in the United States have intentionally reduced their distribution in an effort to cut costs and focus on local subscribers (who often are most valued by local advertisers).
A user on the data visualization service Many Eyes recently created a treemap to display the circulation figures by country and newspaper. Japan and China have the largest newspapers, dwarfing American giants like USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. The leader is Yomiuri Shimbun in Tokyo, with a whopping 14 million subscribers.
Check out the viz:
I’m a big fan of tree maps, especially when they don’t require browser plug-ins. This chart on nytimes.com visualizes President Obama’s budget plan by breaking it into categories. It appears the developers relied on CSS, rather than Adobe Flash, to build the graphic this time. So it works on iOS devices. Very nice:
Watching The King’s Speech yesterday, I wondered how the various major movies genres and rating levels fare against one another at the box office.
Using data from The Numbers, a site that tracks Hollywood sales and stars, and I filtered the list down to the eight most common genres — and only those films that grossed more than $1 million. I uploaded the data to Many Eyes, a free site owned by IBM, to create a tree map, a visualization method that displays hierarchical data into easily digestible categories.
Here’s the view by genre. Clearly, moviegoers like adventure, followed by comedy, drama and action. The shade of each category changes slightly in subcategories based on the rating (notice the bright pink box at the bottom for Toy Story, the year’s highest-grossing movie but also one of only two G-rated adventures):
Right click inside a category and drill down to see more detail. Here we look at the adventures alone:
Or drill down farther into the PG-rated movies, and hover over each title to see its gross sales:
Of course, you also have the ability to change the entire view by changing the “size” drop-down menu at the bottom of the map, or by sliding the hierarchical categories (genre, title, rating) at the top. Check out the map.
Tree maps take experimentation to understand, but they can be powerful tools. If you like this subject, also check out Terrab Erk’s cool stack graph comparing movie genres back to the 1880s.