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8 items tagged “explorables”

What do you mean “average”? (via) Lovely example of an interactive explorable demonstrating mode/mean/median, built as an Observable notebook using D3. # 12th April 2018, 4:41 pm

USGS World Earthquake Map (observable notebook). Here’s an extended version of the notebook constructed by Jeremy Ashkenas in that Observable YouTube demo. You really need to check this thing out—the notebook itself has sliders in that you can manipulate (even on a mobile browser) or you can click to edit the code and see your changes reflected in real-time. If you sign in with GitHub you can fork the project to your own account and save your changes. # 31st January 2018, 7:07 pm

Observable: An Earthquake Globe in Ten Minutes. Well worth your time. Jeremy Ashkenas uses Observable to live-code an interactive visualization of recent earthquakes around the world, using USGS data (fetched as JSON), d3, topoJSON and an Observable notebook. I’m sold—this is truly ground-breaking new technology. # 31st January 2018, 5:01 pm

JOY.js (via) Delightful new exploratory programming environment from Nicky Case. Try the Turtle demo, which takes Logo and updates it for the modern web. # 21st November 2017, 2:50 pm

Pink Trombone (via) Explorable explanation of the human vocal system by Neil Thapen. View source for some pleasantly readable JavaScript / canvas / window.AudioContext code. # 9th November 2017, 6:44 pm

Feature Visualization (via) Another gorgeous paper published on Distill, the journal that prides itself on including interactive visualizations to help provide clear explanations of machine learning. # 7th November 2017, 8:48 pm

An interactive explanation of quadtrees (via) Neat explorable explanation of quadtrees, using interactives built on top of D3. # 16th October 2017, 2:47 pm

Explorable Explanations. I’m fascinated by web articles and essays that embed interactive visualizations—taking advantage of the unique capabilities of the medium to help explain complex concepts. Explorable Explanations collects exactly these, under the banner of “learning through play”. They also gather tools and tutorials to help build more of them. # 15th October 2017, 1:17 pm