braz

Monday, March 14, 2005

Visualising the results of the By Elections

Here's a graphical comparison based on the last election and the by election for Meath and for Kildare North.



Meath Election Results 2002Meath By Election Results 2005
Meath Election Results 2002Meath By Election Results 2005



Kildare North Election Results 2002Kildare North By Election Results 2005
Kildare North Election Results 2002Kildare North By Election Results 2005


Inspired by work for the US 2004 election (see also) on visualisation of election results and also work in the UK on the same topic. Here’s a comparison of the latest Dail by elections and the previous results for the 2002 Dail election.

Here’s the short explanation:
Fianna Fail is green, Labour or Independents are red and Fine Gael is blue. A primary coloured seat (red, green, blue) is a seat dominated by one party, while a secondary colour seat (yellow, magenta or cyan) means a hotly contested seat. Wikipedia has informative page about the Red-Green-Blue model of colour (as opposed to Red-Yellow-Blue), and the differences between the additive and subtractive colour models, if you want to find out the mechanics behind these methods.

Interpreting the graphics we can see that in both elections the green tones (or Fianna Fail overall percent) have suffered as the swing to other candidates is indicted by the colour change. The results used were those of the final count in both elections.

3 Comments:

  • Could you please use auditory display?

    By Blogger cyberviking, at 12:46 a.m.  

  • I suppose a ballon letting out all its air would be a nice sound for the current government.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 12:57 p.m.  

  • Hi, I found your blog site searching on "Kildare north by-election" in Google. I'm interested in looking at your graph of the 2003 & 2005 by-elections but the links give me an error that:
    "Not Found
    The requested URL /eoin/blogimages/kildarenorth2002.gif was not found on this server.
    Apache/2.0.50 (FreeBSD) PHP/4.3.7 Server at richie.idc.ul.ie Port 80"

    I was thinking of linking to it from my site www.voteoutffpd.com .
    Any chance that you could add a link to my site to your links section ?
    /Noel.

    By Blogger noelwalsh, at 12:21 p.m.  

Post a Comment

<< Home