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.