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Visualizing MLB Hall of Fame votes with R

Carlos Scheidegger and Kenny Shirley created this visualization of votes for the Major League Baseball hall of fame:  They describe the chart as follows: The main figure above is a plot of BBWAA Hall of Fame voting by year for all 1,070 players who have appeared on the ballot since Hall of Fame voting began in 1936. The circular points represent each player's vote percentage in his final year on the BBWAA ballot, and the lines represent his vote percentage in prior years if he appeared on the ballot multiple times. R was used to develop the original version of the visualization above, but if you click it you can see the D3-based interactive version which allows you highlight individual platers, filter by position and see various stats of the players. In addition to the interactive chart, you can find more information about the data behind this visualization and how it was created at the link below. cscheid.net: MLB Hall of Fame Voting Trajectories

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid