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Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Chart of the Week

posted by on November 6 at 12:31 PM

So many more pleasing cartogram charts are on Mark Newman’s (of University of Michigan’s Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems) website.

(Thank the prolific NaFun.)


Obama is likely to win Omaha’s electoral vote. (Nebraska, like Maine, splits their electoral votes.)


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A political Rorschach ink blot. Preeeeettyyyyyy.

Posted by Andy Niable | November 6, 2008 12:39 PM

You know what's fun? When you take a Rorshach test, every time they show you a new blot, squint at it and say "I see the ghost of my father coming to rape and kill me." Big laughs!

Posted by --MC | November 6, 2008 12:41 PM

It's like a disease!

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 6, 2008 12:44 PM

You can reach a point when a graph just tries too hard, and you end up with a giant blotch that doesn't look like anything. Any graph that requires that much explanation is probably not helpful.

Keep in mind, the text is what conveys the critical information about where the votes are. The final purple and blue and red blotch at the end just restates that.

A good graph would have communicated the idea first without needing all those words.

Posted by elenchos | November 6, 2008 12:47 PM

Awesome. I was trying to make my own cartogram, but my skillz are nillz. This is so much better. I like it when they run through a range of different ways to look at the same data; it's so much more multidimensional that way.

I'll bet the IQ map looks about the same.

Posted by Fnarf | November 6, 2008 12:48 PM

@4: Any graph that requires that much explanation is probably not helpful.

No, no, then it becomes art!

Posted by Darcy | November 6, 2008 12:49 PM

that is awesome! and it looks like a bird soaring upwards.

Posted by yes we are | November 6, 2008 12:56 PM

Interesting how the blue is mostly convex blobs, while the red is the spider-web inbetween. Provokes a sense of motion, like the red is just the remnants of the old guard that is slowly being squeezed out by expanding new ideas.

Or maybe that's just what I want to see :)

Posted by Sto | November 6, 2008 1:07 PM

urban archipelago is a myth.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 6, 2008 1:08 PM

Somebody better tell Florida they're uncircumcised.

Posted by phanofdan | November 6, 2008 1:33 PM

That's a beautifully violent picture.

Just beautiful.

Posted by mackro mackro | November 6, 2008 4:23 PM

Despite the assertion by #9, and as I asked earlier; when can we expect an update on the urban archipelago article/philosophy?

Posted by Banna | November 6, 2008 5:11 PM

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