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Cartographs of 2008 US Election Results

What is a cartogram?  Its a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population, as opposed to their land mass.

The apparent paradox of traditional maps is that they fail to take into account population distribution.

We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. States drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.

The difference between geography and population can be quite significant, as these election maps reveal:

Election results by county

Election results by county

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Maps of the 2008 US presidential election results
Mark Newman
Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems University of Michigan

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics

The Morning After

Coyote ugly > Source: “The Party’s Over” McCain/Palin Art Book Zina Saunders, 6:30 am November 5th 2008 http://www.drawger.com/zinasaunders/?section=comments&article_id=6438

Category: Digital Media, Politics

Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Category: Digital Media, Music

Nissan 370GT

Actually, its the Nissan 370Z, but since it has a bit of a look of the Bentley GT, at least from the rear, I decided to rename it: Rear View: Front view: Interior: from Cars.com http://cars.about.com/od/whatscomingin2009/a/Nissan_new09.htm

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media

Exit Polls (by Issue, Income, Age, Race, Gender)

Exit Poll Vote by Income Exit Poll Vote by “Top Issue” > Source: Voters Cast Their Ballots With the Economy in Mind, Exit Polls Indicate BOB DAVIS WSJ, NOVEMBER 5, 2008 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122584499389399483.html

Category: Digital Media, Politics

Repudiation ?

> I am a political independent, and when I see a graph like this, I have to wonder: Was this a shift away from the GOP, or towards the Dems, or simply a repudiation of W. ? I don’t pretend to know — but the map sure implies a major change. Was it a one…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics

2008 Election Results from Google

Google has a slew of new election related maps; here’s a basic one: US President

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics, Web/Tech

Front Page News

Some of the front pages of major newspapers WSJ NYT

Category: Digital Media, Financial Press, Politics

Realtime Election Tracking

Intrade is running a Realtime Election Tracking of EVs, based on state bty state betting.

Category: Digital Media, Markets, Politics

Karl Rove EC Forecast: 338 Obama, 200 McCain

> Source: Election 2008: State of the Race Rove.Com, Novermber 3, 2008 http://rove.com/uploads/0000/0051/McCain-Obama_11_3_08_FINAL.pdf

Category: Digital Media, Politics