Plotly, also known by its URL, Plot.ly, is an online analytics and data visualization tool, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Plotly provides online graphing, analytics, and statistics tools for individuals and collaboration, as well as scientific graphing libraries for Python, R, MATLAB, Perl, Julia, Arduino, and REST.

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  • Creating Crisp Graphs for Mobile
    According to comScore’s 2017 U.S. Cross-Platform Future in Focus, as of December 2016, 69% of digital media is consumed via a smartphone or tablet, with the remaining 31% going to desktop computers. This is in stark contrast to data from late 2013, when the smartphone/tablet vs desktop media consumption battle was very nearly 50%/50%. Amidst the height of the digital age, sharp mobile graphics ...
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  • Data Bites: 7 TV Shows that Jumped the Shark
    There is a fine line between keeping your viewers interested, intrigued, and emotionally invested and crossing the line with a stunt whose main purpose is to spark their waning interest. If a television series has pulled off the latter, it is (at best) fighting an uphill battle and, at worst, on its way off the air. These critical junctures occur frequently in the world of TV entertainment, but ...
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  • Bioinformaticians in Plotly
    Bioinfo-what?! At Plotly, we’re proud of our diverse and talented user base. In this post, we show off the work of our bioinformaticians. In case you didn’t know: Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, and e...
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  • 3 Minimalist Dashboards with Great Style
    “Dashboards have become popular in recent years as uniquely powerful tools for communicating important information at a glance. Although dashboards are potentially powerful, this potential is rarely realized,” says principal of the consultancy Perceptual Edge Steven Few. “The greatest display technology in the world won’t solve this if you fail to use effective visual design. And if a dashboard ...
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  • Turn Scroll-Fest into No-Mess with Dashboards & Presentations
    When someone asks you how your weekend was, you don’t start off by (potentially) boring them with the unnecessary details of how your Aunt Sally’s train was late and you wasted your afternoon waiting – no! Generally speaking, you’ll say “it was great” or “it wasn’t so good,” and then go into more detail if the asker inquires further. We dare you to take this seemingly unrelated piece of advice ...
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  • 3 Dashboards on Clean Energy
    Plotly dashboards give you the glitz & glamour of D3 charts without having to write a line of code. They can match your brand perfectly and are shareable with simple web links. We wanted an alternative to the usual dashboard platforms that feel heavy, kludgy, expensive, and clunky. Plotly dashboards aren’t your dad’s dashboards: They’re built for today’s web and make you look like the smartest per...
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  • 10 Charts on Mars That You Should See
    33,900,000 miles. 54,600,000 kilometers. 200 tons (400,000 lbs, 180,000 kg) of fuel. An average travel time of 2,760 hours (115 days). That’s roughly 69 round trips from New York to New Zealand. MARS
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  • A 2016 Blog Clog... Worth Posting Your Dialogue?
    Over 4 million blog posts have been written today. Let that marinate for a second. That’s one and a half blog posts for every person living in the City of Toronto. That’s a post for every person living in Oklahoma, 2 for every person living in New Mexico, and 7 for every Wyomingite. So… is it worth it? No simple answer: It depends on what you are after. If you are in search of piles of cash,...
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  • Make Your Next Presentation Pop
    Source: Campaign Imagine: You have been working at a prestigious organization of your choice for 6 months. Not a newbie anymore, you are making noise and getting noticed. Kicking ass and taking names, really. Next thing you know, your boss is calling on you to represent your team at a board meeting. The 10-minute impression you leave on its members will greatly influence your team’s funding for t...
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  • The Data Behind Happiness
    Folks are doing internet searches for the word “happy” more than ever before. And no, the Pharrell Williams song released late in 2013 isn’t single handedly driving the interest. The upward trend clearly started before the song was released! With several senseless acts of violence across the globe in recent months, we decided to devote this post to a brighter topic: what makes pe...
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  • Google Trends: Pokemon More Relevant than Trump, Clinton
    Google Trends, Google’s search analysis tool launched in 2006, allows the user to compare the volume of searches between two or more terms. Given the confluence of big news-making events around the globe, including “Brexit,” “PokemonGO,” and of course “Donald Trump,” we thought it would be slick to illustrate their significance in Plotly. We investigated a few other words (“Beer”), phrases (“Movi...
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  • Spurious Correlations
    If you have used Plotly even just a handful of times, chances are that you have encountered the load screen that offers the age-old advice “correlation does not imply causation.” Correlation doesn’t imply causation Click the link on that load screen, and you will land on this site. There, a simple comic reaches into the correlation and causation cookie jar. Correlation and causation comic An inc...
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  • How the Internet Talks
    FiveThirtyEight contributor Randy Olson and senior editor Ritchie King teamed up to “parse every Reddit comment from late 2007 through August 2015.” The result was a data visulation tool that tracked the rise and fall of word, abbreviation, and internet slang popularity. Reddit’s users have posted “more than 1.7 billion comments” since launch, so the site represented a language data mine of sorts ...
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  • The Man Who Has Endowed $44.3 Billion is a Frugal Clothes Buyer
    Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that has a 15-year endowment of U.S. $44.3 billion is a self-proclaimed frugal clothes and jewelry buyer. The U.S. $28 billion that Gates himself has donated to the largest private foundation in the world could have bought him 26 million pair of Versace’s most expensive jeans, but he’d rather focus on seeing human society accomplish the...
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  • Mobile Ate the World
    Benedict Evan’s “Mobile Ate the World” shows how the mobile footprint has grown exponentially in the past decade or two. We thought some of his graphs were really cool and decided to take them to the next level by making them interactive in Plotly.These interactive graphs were made using Plotly’s web app. To securely share graphs and data within a team and make interactive dashboards, sign up for ...
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  • Above All Else Show the Data
    – Edward Tufte (1983) Data visualization expert Edward Tufte’s Five Laws of Data-Ink: 1. Above all else show the data. 2. Maximize the data-ink ratio 3. Erase non-data-ink. 4. Erase redundant data-ink. 5. Revise and edit. Plotly has drawn much inspiration from Tufte’s techniques. We apply them in this post. ______________________ Motivated by Lukasz Piwek’s “Tufte in R,” we decided to do...
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  • Plotly Student Ambassador of the Month: Teddy Ward, Duke University
    Plotly’s student ambassador of the month is Teddy Ward, an Earth and Ocean Sciences and Computer Science student at Duke University. Teddy has successfully recruited 10 Duke students to Plotly and is aiming to introduce to site to 100+ more! He was gracious enough to answer a few questions about how he uses Plotly and applies it to his work flow. Plotly recently sent him an awesome company t-shi...
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  • Discover Data: 6 Great Graphs on Campaign Financing
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is now under a year away. This post digs deeper into the data surrounding a very important topic - campaign financing. These interactive graphs were made using Plotly’s web app and APIs. To securely share graphs and data within a team and make interactive dashboards, sign up for a Plotly Professional plan or contact us about Plotly On-Premise. 1. Where Does th...

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