These Colorful Maps Show All Taxi Pickups and Dropoffs in New York City

Geophysicist and aspiring data scientist Ravi Shekhar recently plotted out pickup and dropoff location data from the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) that covered the past 7 years in New York City. Plotting each location as bright as a firefly, the accumulation of millions of data points light up the City's most popular spots for hailing a cab, as well as the most popular trip destinations.

So I was curious, where do taxis pick up passengers, or more precisely, what does the distribution of taxi pickup locations look like? With 1.3 billion taxi pickups, plotting the distribution in a way that does not wash out detail is very challenging.

Check out the accompanying post to see how Shekhar created the colorful maps from billions of data points.

via Medium

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