Becker's Barley Trellis Plot

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Vega-Lite JSON Specification

  "$schema": "",
  "name": "trellis_barley",
  "description": "The Trellis display by Becker et al. helped establish small multiples as a “powerful mechanism for understanding interactions in studies of how a response depends on explanatory variables”. Here we reproduce a trellis of Barley yields from the 1930s, complete with main-effects ordering to facilitate comparison.",
  "data": {"url": "data/barley.json"},
  "mark": "point",
  "columns": 2,
  "encoding": {
    "facet": {
      "field": "site",
      "type": "ordinal",
      "sort": {"op": "median", "field": "yield"}
    "x": {
      "aggregate": "median",
      "field": "yield",
      "type": "quantitative",
      "scale": {"zero": false}
    "y": {
      "field": "variety",
      "type": "ordinal",
      "sort": {"encoding": "x", "order": "descending"},
      "scale": {"rangeStep": 12}
    "color": {"field": "year", "type": "nominal"}