Debate Diagrams: Primaries Visualization

debate diagrams

I built Debate Diagrams to make sense of the Democratic primary debates. In such a crowded field, the candidates need to distinguish themselves: one strategy is direct comparison. Debate Diagrams parses the transcripts of 5 officially sanctioned Democratic debates to place an arc between two candidates when one mentions another by name. The arcs become denser as they continue doing it.

My visualization draws substantial inspiration from Martin Wattenberg’s fantastic piece, The Shape of Song. It also follows on the heels of a similar visualization produced by the NY Times for last Sunday’s paper. It’s my first project in Flex.

Try the interactive version!

This was posted Dec 16th, 2007 at 1:24 pm and is filed under visualization, flex, language. You can comment on this post or trackback from your own site.

one comment

  1. David Stolarsky

    at least you included kucinich, the best candidate alive

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