Visualizing the Rugby World Cup [DASHBOARD]

Bime can be used to transform a variety of different data into slick visualizations and stylish dashboards. This week we use Bime to visualize the recent 2011 Rugby World Cup and the success of different nations since the inaugural tournament in 1987.

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From the dashboard, a number of conclusions can be drawn. Firstly from the treemap it is clear that scoring in the tournament has historically been dominated by the big three Southern Hemisphere teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The treemap is perfect for showing two measures at once, so whilst the size of the sections on the visualization represents the average points scored, the colour shows the number of yellow cards. The more blue the section, the more yellow cards received, therefore it is clear that whilst the top 3 nations have been relatively well behaved, Tonga have picked up the most yellow cards.

It is often touted that the key to success is keeping your discipline. Whilst the chart shows that this is the case in 2011 with the eventual winners, New Zealand, who have a very high points scored total and relatively low penalty count, this is surprisingly not the case with the runners-up in the tournament France, who have an extremely high penalty count. Bime allows the user to display two measures with two quantitative scales on one chart therefore a relative comparison can be made, as shown with the points and discipline chart below.

The stacked bar chart [below] again shows total points scored by each nation in the 2011 tournament however the stacked approach allows us to view break down of how these points were scored. The chart is sorted by the points scored via tries so a few nations literally and figuratively stick out of the chart; Scotland, Tonga and France all scored lots of points but a comparatively small percentage via tries. In Bime it is easy to highlight a section of your data, for example if we just wanted to look at points scored by penalties we could do so by hovering the cursor over 'penalty points' in the legend [as shown].

From the last visualization we can get a general overview of the success of each nation through history based on the number of points they have scored in each tournament (although as we saw in the previous visualization, scoring points doesn't necessarily lead to success!). Bime allows us to click through the different nations manually or by clicking the 'play' button, view them automatically one after the next. Looking generally at the statistics it appears that less points overall have been scored at the two most recent world cups, with the 1999 and 2003 being more fruitful affairs with regards to scoring. This is especially the case with England [displayed below], their highest point hauls coming in 1999 when they reached the Quarter Finals and in 2003 when they were crowned champions.

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