If it weren’t for visualization, statistics would be pretty boring. One of the ways I like to celebrate project milestones is by producing plots. This gives my left brain a break from the programming and mathematics involved in my work and hands the reins over to the right side to consider visualization aesthetics.
I am currently developing a statistical package for Julia which provides simulation and inference tools for infectious disease outbreaks. Specifically, I am motivated by scenarios in which disease surveillance includes the collection of pathogen sequence information. The github repository is far from being in any shape for sharing, but I have gotten to a point where I can simulate the simultaneous evolution and transmission of a pathogen through a population (with a great deal of flexibility in the dynamics of both). This seemed as good as time as any to make an animation of a simple outbreak. The animation is made up of 1000 individual frames (50ms each). The frames were generated with Gadfly.jl, and combined through the command line with ImageMagick.