peopletrees peopletrees - 1 year ago 122
Javascript Question

leaflet marker not displaying in certain contexts

I am using the leaflet htmlwidget implementation to draw a web-based map using R. I was looking for a specific marker, couldn't find it, and realized it wasn't being displayed at all. However, when I subset down my dataset to just that entry, the marker displays beautifully.

Here is a screenshot of the marker, with code having been run after subsetting the data to just this marker (using the simple line of R script

thecounted <- thecounted[thecounted$age==6,]

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Here is the same location when placing the whole dataset down as markers.

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Does anyone know what is going on? Am I hitting some arbitrary limit on the number of markers that browsers/leaflet will lay down? This is not a glitch specific to this entry as plenty of other markers are not showing either...

Here is the entirety of my code.

#download needed packages you don't have
wants <- c("magrittr", "leaflet", "jsonlite", "curl")
has <- wants %in% rownames(installed.packages())
if(any(!has)) install.packages(wants[!has])

#pull data from json file embedded in the Guardian's The Counted website:
thecounted <- fromJSON("")

#Color-code for whether the victim was armed
# Red = Unarmed
unarmedC <-"#ff0000"
# Teal = armed
armedC <- "#008080"
# Black = Don't know or ambiguous category like "Non-lethal firearm" or "vehicle"
idkC <- "#000000"
pal <- colorFactor(c(idkC, rep(armedC,2), unarmedC, rep(idkC,4)), domain= c("Disputed",
"Non-lethal firearm",

# automatically set date range for pulled data
today <- Sys.Date()
today <- format(today, format="%b %d %Y")
dateRange <- paste0("(Jan 01 2015"," - ", today,")")

#Use the leaflet htmlwidget to create an interactive online visualization of data
leaflet(data = thecounted) %>% #data from the counted

#add default open source map tiles from OpenStreetMap
addTiles() %>%

#fit bounds around the USA
fitBounds(-125,25, -67,49) %>%

#add a map legend
title=paste(sep="<br/>","People killed by police",dateRange),
position = 'bottomright',
colors = c(unarmedC,armedC, idkC),
labels = c("Unarmed", "Armed", "Unknown / non-lethal / vehicle / other")) %>%

#dynamically add markers for people who were killed

addCircleMarkers(~long, ~lat, stroke=FALSE,
color = ~pal(armed), #color defined above
fillOpacity = ifelse(thecounted$armed=="No",0.75,0.35), #make unarmed dots more visible

#create pop-up windows with some information for each marker
popup = ~ paste(name, "<br/>",
#include race if available
ifelse(race == "B", "Black",
ifelse(race == "W" , "White",
ifelse(race =="H", "Hispanic",
ifelse(race == "A", "Asian",
ifelse(race == "N", "Native American",
ifelse(race == "U", "Race unknown", "")))))),"<br/>",

#tell us whether they were unarmed or if unknown, else leave blank
#because the categories for being armed are convoluted
ifelse(armed=="No", "Unarmed<br/>",
ifelse(armed=="Unknown", "Unknown if armed<br/>",
ifelse(armed=="Vehicle", "Armed with 'vehicle'<br/>",
ifelse(armed=="Knife", "Had a knife<br/>",
ifelse(armed=="Disputed", "Disputed if armed<br/>", ""))))),
#include cause of death
ifelse(classification == "Gunshot", "Killed by gunshot",
ifelse(classification == "Death in custody", "Died in custody",
ifelse(classification == "Other", "",
ifelse(classification == "Taser", "Killed by taser",
ifelse(classification == "Struck by vehicle", "Struck by vehicle", ""))))))

Answer Source

Missing points in leaflet is usually caused by NA data

thecounted[rowSums( > 0, ]
#     uid   armed       name           slug age gender race      date state classification large lat long hasimage
# 738 738 Firearm Jason Hale jason-hale-738  29      M    W 2015/8/19    WA        Gunshot FALSE  NA   NA    FALSE

Remove this guy and you're laughing

leaflet(data = thecounted[rowSums( == 0, ]) %>%
addTiles() %>%  
addCircleMarkers(lat = ~lat, lng = ~long, 
                 stroke = FALSE, 
                 color = ~pal(armed),
                 fillOpacity = ifelse(thecounted$armed=="No",0.75,0.35),
                 popup = ~name)

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