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How to Lie with Maps

The following maps are generated from the same data but were altered in style (purposely) to portray Connecticut school district-level racial data in two very different ways. I sought out to create one map depicting sharp racial divisions between districts … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Lie Using Maps

Both of these maps were generated using the exact same information, however both maps portray two very different interpretations. Surprisingly enough, just like statistical data can be manipulated to show to sharply contrasting graphs, simply manipulating the legend and the number of … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to lie with maps

  In merging school district racial data from the Sheff v. O’Neil case with Connecticut town boundaries, I was able to create two maps that showed two different understandings of racial diversity with the same data. In order to manipulate … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lie With Maps

In class we used a Google Fusion Table to combine a map of Hartford and its surrounding neighborhoods with data on the demographics of each Connecticut town. We then adjusted the map’s settings to color each town depending on what … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lie With Maps

In class we used a Google Fusion Table to combine a map of Hartford and its surrounding neighborhoods with data on the demographics of each Connecticut town. We then adjusted the map’s settings to color each town depending on what … Continue reading Continue reading

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How To Lie With Maps

As explained by Mark Monmonier in “How to Lie With Maps”, data can easily be skewed when a researcher converts it into a map. By fiddling with the settings on a map, one can portray two completely different stories with … Continue reading Continue reading

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Statistics: Two Truths and a Lie – Part 2

In Part 1 I discussed lying with charts. Now, in Part 2, I illustrate that lying with maps is also possible. Map 1 includes a breakdown of the percent of minority students in school districts, in Hartford and surrounding towns. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Statistics: Two Truths and a Lie – Part 2

In Part 1 I discussed lying with charts. Now, in Part 2, I illustrate that lying with maps is also possible. Map 1 includes a breakdown of the percent of minority students in school districts, in Hartford and surrounding towns. … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Lie With Maps

Just as graphs can be used to manipulate statistics, maps can be used to manipulate data as well. Below I created two maps that show the minority student population in the Greater Hartford area during the 2009-2010 school year as … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lying with Maps

      Although both maps are created using the same information, they appear drastically different in respect to the composition of demographics of the population. In the map I created to portray the Hartford region as being racially diverse, … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Lie With Maps

When analyzing maps, it is important to look at the scale in which the author used to make the map.  In addition to this, the reader should also investigate what the scale does in comparison to what point the author … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Lie With Maps

When analyzing maps, it is important to look at the scale in which the author used to make the map.  In addition to this, the reader should also investigate what the scale does in comparison to what point the author … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lying with Maps

Like lying with statistics and charts, one can also lie with maps. While we can manipulate charts to tell a different story, maps can do the same thing, depending on the way one manipulates it. These maps below show the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lying with Maps

Similar to last week, this post is about manipulations of statistics in terms of how they are presented. However, instead of charts, this post focuses on cartography: MAPS. In this case, data was drawn from Using the same data, these … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to create thematic maps with Google Fusion Tables

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