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Circos Data Visualization How-to

Book Description

Create dynamic data visualizations in the social, physical, and computer sciences with the Circos data vizualization program

  • Transform simple tables into engaging diagrams

  • Learn to install Circos on Windows, Linux, and MacOS

  • Create Circos diagrams using ribbons, heatmaps, and other data tracks

In Detail

Companies, non-profit organizations, and governments are collecting a large amount of data. Analysts and graphic designers are faced with a challenge of conveying data to a wide audience. This book introduces Circos, a creative program to display tables in an engaging visualization.

Readers will learn how to install, create, and customize Circos diagrams using real-life examples from the social sciences.

"Circos Data Visualization How-to" is a friendly, hands-on guide to creating diagrams with step-by-step instructions. Although Circos was originally created for genetic research, this book emphasizes using Circos in the social sciences. We will walk through the process to install, create, and customize diagrams.

The book provides step-by-step instructions to installing Circos on your computer, transforming data sets to use in Circos, and creating diagrams in the social sciences.

You will learn how to transform ordinary tables into engaging diagrams. We will walk through the installation process on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. We will also learn how to transform raw data into a Circos-friendly format. The book is written as a friendly, hands-on guide so new users can walk through the installation and diagram-creation process.

Readers will understand how to create Circos diagrams, from organizing data through to creating diagrams.

Table of Contents

  1. Circos Data Visualization How-to
    1. Circos Data Visualization How-to
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewer
    5. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the example code
        2. Downloading the color images of this book
        3. Errata
        4. Piracy
        5. Questions
    7. 1. Circos Data Visualization How-to
      1. Installing Circos on Windows 7 (Must know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. Running an example
          1. Do I need a 64-bit or a 32-bit version?
          2. I want Circos, what is Perl?
          3. What are Perl modules?
          4. I installed Perl, but perl -v does not work!
          5. Installing Circos under Cygwin
      2. Installing Circos on Linux or Mac OS (Must know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. Running an example
        4. Relating to the rest of this book
          1. Perl is not installed on my Linux distribution
          2. Perl modules not installing correctly
      3. Creating the first Circos diagram (Must know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. There's more...
          1. Links without ribbons
          2. Editing the image for a final product
      4. Customizing Circos layout (Should know)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. There's more...
      5. Formatting links with rules (Become an expert)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Applying multiple rules
          2. Additional rule conditions
      6. Reducing links with bundlelinks tool (Become an expert)
        1. How to do it...
        2. How it works...
      7. Adding data tracks – heatmap (Become an expert)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Predefined Colorbrewer colors
          2. Custom color codes
      8. Adding data tracks – histogram (Become an expert)
        1. Getting ready
        2. How to do it...
        3. How it works...
        4. There's more...
          1. Relative sizing with radius