A distorted map

I came across this distorted election map by Mark Newman, who is a professor at our university, and liked it!

The best thing about this map is the way it reconciles ordinary people’s habit of “looking at a map” and a scientists’ urge to yell “The map is misleading because it prioritizes geographic area over population size or electoral representation!”



A follow-up: The Economist makes use of the “proportional map” in this week’s news about Catalonia independence.

Also see here for the graphic details and a discussion about different ways to represent proportionality rather than geographic area size.

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