New Features in Vysda! Beta 3 Preview

We’ve been working hard to keep bringing new updates and features to Vysda! As always, a free-to-use data tool and socializing platform. We’ve got a lot of plans for the distant future but the near is here so here’s what’s coming next week!

Area Maps

Good for comparing proportions over geographic regions, this new map type will display circles over designated areas with the size of the circle being proportional to its value in the dataset.

This map type offsets issues caused by regional area size in cases where geographically large areas overwhelm the visual communication of the data message (as can happen when using Choropleth maps).

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Example of our area map feature showing Emergency Response Incidents in NYC over the past few years.

Route Maps

This map type is great for showing geographic connections and relationships through lines connecting points. Interesting spatial patterns can be revealed through the distribution of connections or by how concentrated the connections are on a map. This map is also particularly useful for displaying routes through a single chain of links.

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Example of our route map feature based on data that tracked the routes traveled by Hurricanes for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Bump Charts

The criss-crossing lines of this chart are very useful for comparing the changes in rank of a value over a time, place, or other relevant dimension to the analysis. A crossing, or ‘bump,’ necessarily means one entity has surpassed the other entity in absolute terms, even though we are looking at the relative rank. Bump charts are often very useful for sports data in comparing teams or players over seasons.

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Example of our bump chart feature showing the EPL season standings from 1992-2015.

Fun Lil’ Nuggets We’re Adding

Finally, along with smashing some bugs and implementing a few UI enhancements, we’re going to be releasing the ability to share directly with Reddit and support for EMOTICONS.

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Looking Towards That Not So Distant Future…

After the Beta 3 release, we’re going to go straight into our Beta 4 to do list. Now, just between you and me on the DL, a few of the big features we’ll be working on for Beta 4 include a data scrubbing tool, scheduled data refreshes, smart suggestions for datasets on the Vysboard, support for new diagram types, and animation for charts and graphs. So stay tuned and keep mining- there be buried treasure in all those data piles! arrrgh!