Saturday, November 8, 2008
Mapping the election
Look at a map of which states went for Obama and which for McCain and it doesn't quite make sense that Obama won. The same guy who made the Atlas of the Real World (which I mentioned before) has added his map stretching to resize the states by population and electoral votes, then does it by counties. The last few images also shade counties by their percentage of Dem and GOP votes. For the mathematically inclined among us here is an FAQ, including an explanation of how the maps were created (I understand the basic concept and some of the titles of the equations are familiar -- I'll leave it at that). The author studies complex systems.