Baby's First Data Visualization
Though I've put up a few smaller exercises before, I finally have a draft version of the first full data visualization that I've done the majority of the work on. It's based on a metric I created last week using kenpom data.
It's not especially pretty or user friendly yet but, in the broadest sense of the word, it works. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Here's an short explanation of the axes since the project page is still light on info:
- x-axis: perDrama, a measure of game excitement described in my earlier post
- y-axis: combined eFG%, based on Dean Oliver’s four factors concept described here.
- Circle radius is based on "Hype", the scaled harmonic mean of kenpom ratings entering the game with an added "penalty" for the lower ranked team. The exact formula (where ranking equals the 351 - the kenpom ranking) looks like:
- Can't select multiple teams/conferences
- Selections options don't update dynamically (which allows for lots of null selections if you aren't as familiar with college basketball) and teams are poorly organized
- No colors to distinguish conferences or teams
- No legend, title, or sufficient explanations
- A little slow (we'll find out soon if it's the ~5500 data points or my non-elegant code)
- Needs additional formatting
Next week I'll share an updated version as well as some of the interesting basketball narratives that you can confirm/debunk using it.