Assignment 3


In this assignment, you will use the SVG creation functions we developed in the previous lecture to design a simple visualization for a dataset.

You will submit an HTML file named index.html, together with any other files you choose to create and reference. Each visualization should be an SVG element of 500 pixels in both width and height. The id of the element containing the first visualization should be “scatterplot_1”, the id of the element containing the second visualizations should be “scatterplot_2”, the id of the element and so on.

IMPORTANT NOTE. For this assignment, you are NOT allowed to use any source code other than the files we provide in links from this document. Do not use d3 or other helper libraries.

Provided source code

You can use the Javascript functions in the svg.js source file included in the starter repo. These are the functions we developed in class to create SVG elements, together with a helper function for you to create RGB triplets (in order to give your visualization data-driven colors)

Dataset: ACT, GPA, SAT, oh my

This dataset (ref) contains standardized scores for all Calvin College 2004 seniors that have taken both the ACT and the SAT, together with their GPAs. There are 271 data points and 4 dimensions.

For your convenience, I have processed the original csv file into a Javascript source file included in the starter repo. The dataset looks like this:

var scores = [
 { SATM:430, SATV:470, ACT:15, GPA: 2.239 },
 { SATM:560, SATV:350, ACT:16, GPA: 2.488 },
 { SATM:400, SATV:330, ACT:17, GPA: 2.982 },
 { SATM:410, SATV:450, ACT:17, GPA: 2.155 },
... 263 more rows ...
 { SATM:700, SATV:680, ACT:35, GPA: 3.911 },
 { SATM:720, SATV:770, ACT:35, GPA: 3.981 },
 { SATM:750, SATV:730, ACT:35, GPA: 3.882 },
 { SATM:790, SATV:780, ACT:35, GPA: 3.887 }

Visualization 1 (50% credit)

Create a scatterplot of circles, showing SAT’s mathematics scores (SATM column) versus SAT’s verbal scores (SATV column). In other words, the x coordinate of the plot should encode the SATM variable, and the y coordinate should encode SATV. Use the radius of the circles to represent ACT scores, and color to represent the GPA scores.

Visualization 2 (25% credit)

Create a different scatterplot, now showing the relationship between:

Visualization 3 (25% credit)

Create yet another scatterplot:

Extra credit: improve and justify visualization 2 (+10% of total assignment)

Think about the above specifications for the visualizations: is it the best way to portray the interesting features of the data? (Answer: It’s fine, but not ideal.)

Your goal for the final visualization is to improve on Visualization

  1. We have not discussed perceptual principles in class yet, so you do not need to give serious justifications for your choices. Still, this is a chance for you to explore different variants: try your best to justify your decisions.

Together with the improved visualization, submit no more than two paragraphs of text describing your changes and reasoning. This text can be embedded in the submitted HTML. For this improved visualization, you should use an element with id attribute equal to scatterplot_2b.


Extra credit: axis annotations (+40%)

(Yes, if you get full extra credit, you will get half of any future assignment worth of points.)

Add axis lines, labels and tick marks to the X and Y axes of your visualizations. In other words, to get this extra credit, instead of looking like this:

old faithful data without labels

your plots should look like this:

old faithful data with labels

(Of course, the dataset I just used in the example above is not the same as the one you have, so the values for the tick marks, labels, etc. will all be different).

Some things you will need to consider:

Just like with the other portions of this assignment, you are not allowed to use or consult other Javascript libraries.