Dec 27

Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins

Visualization of names and words used by Presidential candidates

The New York Times has a really interesting Circos/Clusterball style visualization of the names used by US presidential candidates to refer to opponents in the debates preceding the Iowa caucuses. (Link)

cool nyt clusterball infoviz graphic of debate names

A graph of common words used by candidates in the debates is available as well:

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Comments: 8

  Stephen Waits [12.27.07 11:22 PM]

Too bad the NYT left out the candidates who actually are saying something worth listening to. Paul, Kucinich, and Gravel.

But the NYT has already established that it, along with all other big media, is going to do all it can to keep these guys down.

  Charlie Park [12.28.07 01:26 AM]

Yeah, those visualizations were really interesting.

I hadn't seen the Circos / Clusterball examples before. Thanks for linking to those.

  Chad [12.28.07 07:44 AM]

Not sure why there isn't Ron Paul or Kucinich on there... Hmm... big media bias maybe? Still a cool visualization anyway.

  Peter [12.28.07 08:08 AM]

While the clusterball looks very interesting, it's certainly very hard to read at first glance, you need to invest a lot of time to understand it.

  Paul [12.28.07 08:28 AM]

Is there a way to see all cites? The graphic shows a lot of arrows but only two or three cites for each candidate? Would be interesting to see _what_ they say ..

  Ron Paul '08! [12.28.07 06:57 PM]

"We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries."
- David Rockefeller to Trilateral Commission in 1991

  Guilhem Fouetillou [12.30.07 02:51 AM]

New York Times visualization are an example for all people interested in representing large amounts of data. On the same subject, we just launched our first cartography of the political US webosphere, you can find it at

Hope you'll enjoy it !

  SteveG [03.07.08 01:20 PM]

We agree, this technique for visualizing data was interesting. We've had similar ideas about graphing RSS Feeds and have called them 'Bscopes'. You can find them at

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