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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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Chart Wars

January 8, 2010

Alex Lundry, Vice President and Director of Research of the consulting firm Target Point, has published a brief talk called Chart Wars which is simply brilliant, serving as an excellent but brief (5 minutes!) overview of how easy it is to manipulate infographics and what tricks to be wary of. His specific focus is a […]

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Modelling interactions

August 18, 2009

Andrew Gelman's latest post highlights the importance of interactions. He includes this breakdown of where people fall depending on political party, ideology, and income: Consider the income dimension. Among liberals, the income curve is flat no matter whether the person is a Democrat, Independent or Republican. For conservatives, however, income has a large effect - […]

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Lies, damn lies...

June 2, 2009

A fascinating look at the politics of government statistics from Carl Bialik's WSJ blog.

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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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Oh! Bama!

February 2, 2009

Peter Berkowitz has written an opinion for the Wall Street Journal titled "Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin."  His argument is well constructed and (for once) I'll let it speak for itself... except to say that OF COURSE Bush hatred/Obama euphoria are often found in the same person; anything […]

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It's that whole "counting" thing

May 9, 2008

Some people understand math.  Some people don't.

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Ohio: bellwether or fairweather?

March 5, 2008

Hillary Clinton made an interesting comment in her victory speech last night: [Ohio] is a state that knows how to pick a president. And no candidate in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary. When Hillary originally made this statement to an Ohio TV station, she omitted […]

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Presented without comment (pending March 4)

February 24, 2008

And the classic original scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

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In politics this weekend...

February 11, 2008

Barack Obama wins four states and a Grammy. Hillary Clinton fires her campaign manager.

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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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