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How to map your Google location history with R

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It’s no secret that Google Big Brothers most of us. But at least they allow us to access quite a lot of the data they have collected on us. Among this is the Google location history.

If you want to see a few ways how to quickly and easily visualize your location history with R, stay tuned…

The Google location history can be downloaded from your Google account under https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout. Make sure you only tick “location history” for download, otherwise it will take super long to get all your Google data.

The data Google provides you for download is a .json file and can be loaded with the jsonlite package. Loading this file into R might take a few minutes because it can be quite big, depending on how many location points Google had saved about you. Continue reading

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