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Athletics Results Visualization

By Cameron, May 21, 2018

Visualizing athletics results data in graphs and tables

Web App Source code

Motivation

As an athlete when I was younger, I had taken part in various competition, yet the most important one was always the one in Wan Chai Sports Ground for the HKSSF Division One Athletics Competition.

After seeing some live and thrilling action going on this year, I found it so difficult to look up an athletes performance over the years. The data is still in this old text format in PDF files. It just makes it very difficult so how an athlete has performed over the past few years.

Work

This project involved practicing techniques from Java Script, Python, organizing database files and regular expression. It was a nice fun to work across multiple languages and get it everything set up and work accordingly.

Here are a list of the difficulties I encountered and what I did with them.

  • Chart.js does not support time duration data on the y-axis
    • I had to write my own callback function for handling this case.
  • Unclean data
    • Tried as many regular expression replacements as possible.
    • Still, some manual replacement was required.
  • AJAX drop down buttons
    • Originally, I wanted to support some complex relationship between the AJAX drop down buttons.
    • It ended up too convoluted and the final solution was a decision tree from left to right.

Hope you will enjoy the convenience of using this web app as well! :)

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