Doctorcrowd • purestform: Visual clutter remains a challenge...
Visual clutter remains a challenge in cartography, especially for web maps depicting voluminous, unfiltered collections of point type data. This issue is particularly prevalent in datasets generated in cities due to urban density. Professor Andrew Vande Moere and myself developed BinSq (abbreviated Bin2), a novel gridded dot density mapping technique to overcome this challenge. We demonstrate this technique on a large dataset of language referenced, geotagged tweets to reveal language communities in Brussels. The figure above compares our technique to the [a] standard dot map and six related solutions namely: [b] jittering, [c] refinement, [d] distortion with pixel map as well as [e] aggregation with categorical binning, [f] splatter plot and [g] dot density map. Our output is depicted in [h]. An implementation of BinSq in Java is avaliable on GitHub. Read our paper for a complete description of the technique.