Political Sense From The Census

Tricky Presidential Elections Presidential elections, contrary to popular belief, are not decided by the majority. And in this sense, the United States is not a traditional "democracy" (like in old school Greece) as many mistakingly and often purposely, but not deceptively, taught to us as kids. The electoral college is…

The Metis Glass is Half Full

It's been a crazy 6 weeks so far at Metis! We just finished up our McNulty projects and our section on supervised machine learning. Next week we move onto unsupervised learning and natural language processing. I find it surprisingly hard to reflect on this last month and half, because I've…

D3 Transitions

One of the things that d3.js makes very easy is transitions. Transition are the little animations that connect everything. It's something that can really bring some life to a graph or a plot. In making my visualization, I wanted to make sure to include some cool transitions. You can…

My First D3 Map!

Check this link for the fully interactive model: Census Data Look forward to a complete writeup about this and my McNulty project next week along with tutorials on how I created this! What I Learned Today: 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321…

Mcnulty Visualization Teaser

Here is a preview of the interface I created! There's a working search function: A way to view county info: And a way to generate new maps based on features: What I Learned Today: D3 is incredibly cool!…

D3: The Mighty Data

I finally was able to get my hands on d3.js while trying to make visualizations for my Mcnulty Project. Having significant Javascript and jQuery background definitely helped me get pick it up very quickly. I was actually able to get up an initial map that looks something like this:…

Cleaning County Data - No Click Baity Titles Available...

This is a follow up to yesterday's entry about cleaning county election data. The other half (closer to 90%) of my data puzzle was county data for a myriad of other factors found here (the first download). While this dataset provides a wide range of data about counties, it also…

Fishy Data in the 2012 Presidential Elections

Beware of Click-Baity Titles like ^ Another Project at Metis, and another detective that I don't know. Well, meet Detective McNulty of The Wire. He represents our 3rd major project here at Metis which involves machine learning and D3.js. Project McNulty In this project, I am analyzing county level data…