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Visualizing politics through time

November 22, 2010

We love choropleths here at TGR, and here's a really great set -- David Sparks has mapped US presidential voting patterns through time to create an excellent visualization of ebbing (and sometimes volatile) political attitudes: Best of all, he did it with R. Please see David's website for more details. Some of his other projects […]

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364 days ago?

November 4, 2009

In a cab last night, I heard a radio station broadcast a medly of "Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States" calls, followed by a heavily caffeinated announcing repeatedly that it has been one year since Obama was elected and soliciting comments from his audience. Yesterday was November 3. Obama was elected on […]

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Men are from mars, women are from gmail

October 22, 2009

ReadWriteWeb's coverage of a new study on webmail demographics contains one sentence that left me a little confused: Gmail, for instance, includes more females (53%) than males (47%). If those were election poll results, we would call it "too close to call," but in terms of tens of thousands of users, these percentage point differences […]

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Voters may prefer candidates with similar facial features

April 28, 2009

There has been extensive psychological research into the fact that people are more receptive to others who are perceived as being similar. A new study from Stanford by Jeremy Bailenson, Shanto Iyengar, Nick Yee and Nathan Collins has applied this finding to the political sphere (pdf link). The research, published with the telling title "Facial […]

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At this time, CNN is projecting...

March 4, 2008

CNN recently went out and picked up some giant touchscreens. Eye candy? Sure, but incredibly cool... and they actually enhance the broadcast quite a bit! The touchscreens are billed as something out of Minority Report -- but that's a bit of a stretch. I mean, it's a touchscreen, not a holographic gesture-based wünderinterface (which would […]

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Concession you can Xerox?

February 22, 2008

Aside from Hillary's obvious "Xerox" gaffe in last night's debate I found her closing remark intriguing. Not only did it follow an obvious dodge of the final question, but those same words in any other setting would form the heart of a concession speech. And that's where it gets much more interesting. Let's go to the […]

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Coming this November

February 20, 2008

So I got this email alert from the NYTimes last night: The New York Times Tuesday, February 19, 2008 -- 9:25 PM ET ----- Television Networks Project Barack Obama as the Winner in Wisconsin The victory is Mr. Obama's ninth straight victory over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in their epic struggle for the Democratic presidential […]

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Life Imitates Art

February 6, 2008

I just came across's election coverage. Maybe I'm the last person to notice this, but the caricatures they use for the candidates are amazing.  Especially that last one.

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Super Tuesday

February 4, 2008

 It's Super Tuesday.  Go vote!

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