Taking the idea from the Population Lines Print by Spatial.ly / Dr James Cheshire, we plot local population density maps for the Philippines in the same style. The data is taken from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Philippine population density maps
Fortunately, the process was relatively straightforward and it was not difficult to produce the same cool faux-3D population peak effect with a bit of data wrangling and good old
ggplot2. Here are some I’ve produced for key Philippine metropolitan areas and my home region Bicol.
Here are the notebooks containing the code, results, and commentary behind the post. You may download the resulting code and run it yourself, provided:
- You have to download the population density maps on your own access rights, and
- You agree that this is provided as-is and with no warranty.
You may also view the GitHub Repository here for the complete code and analysis that went into this post.
On Facebook News in the Philippines
: Using topic modeling to find trends in online news coverage
Facebook has become one of most visible sources of news in the Philippines, and it has arguably played a huge role in shaping Filipino views. We take a look at how the Philippines news cycle evolved with by using topic modeling.
On Data Visualization Design
: (a.k.a. a bunch of charts and graphs)
I was invited to speak last year at the World Information Architecture Day 2016 in Manila on data visualization design and use cases. The video is available for viewing.
On Why the Hero Generation is an Informed One (TEDxDLSU)
Businesses and governments in the Philippines should adopt a data mindset - where intuition and personal experience are always backed up by data and an effort to see the entire picture is always made - in order to realize the benefits of entering the demographic window.