R is a tool for doing serious statistics and data analysis. But not everything in life can be serious, life is also beautiful, and R can make beautiful things too. R can make art.
The arrangement of leaves on a plant stem is ruled by spirals. This fact is called phyllotaxis and it is a nice example of how mathematics can describe patterns in nature. In this project, we will invent flowers using this fact.
This R project assumes you have familiarity with the
If you don't know
ggplot2 we recommend you take Data Visualization with ggplot2 (Part 1).
If you want to see more examples of how you can use R to make art, you should check out
the Fronkonstin blog created by Antonio Sánchez Chinchón.
Data Scientist at Telefónica
Antonio Sánchez Chinchón is mathematician and works as data scientist at Telefónica, where he tries hard to extract value from data every day. He is the creator of Fronkonstin, an unclassifiable blog of mathematical experiments, data science, data art and R programming. He plays the banjo in a rock band. You can follow him on Twitter @aschinchon.See More