#Sandy (Hurricane Sandy Twitter Viz)This visualization supports interactive exploration of publicly contributed Tweets from the greater NYC area during the 2012 Hurricane Sandy event. This project, created by Caroline Rose, Morgan Jarocki, and Chris Cantey was built in support of Chris's Master's research and fulfilled the final project requirement for Geography 575: Interactive Cartography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
It was my goal to 1. implement the retrieve operator, a popup window that displays point data, 2. implement sequence controls and vcr controls, and 3. dynamically update the legend, using the Leaflet framework. The data was acquired from the Madison Police Department and covers a time period of January, 2012 to October, 2012.
The Google Maps API is the most commonly used web map service for the creation of slipply map mashups, and arguably is the most robust in terms of the range of supported functionality. The service is proprietary, however, and carries with it many restrictions of use (including a maximum number of website visits before Google charges for use of its web mapping service).
It was our primary task to create a set of icons for the Google Mashup that could easily be distinguished and interpreted. I created design of the icons usign a 16 X 16 pixel layout in Adobe Photoshop. At this scale we have a better sense of the limitations of the icon design once it is rendered in the HTML. We can then attach the images to the Google Map using the API documentation.
Here, I present a model for representing election maps as a guide for cartographers to select a method of representation that best meets this combination of variability and visual weight in the enumeration unit with the goal of progressing the comprehension of alternative election map techniques. This work relies heavily on the work of Dorling, Roth, Gaster and Neuman.
I define "Electorate Variability" as a continuum of values from a binary classification "red versus blue" to a perfectly continuous surface of electoral diversity. Intermediate stages of this continuum are changes in color value, changes in color hue, and value by alpha as well as changes in the thematic representation techniques from a discrete, abrupt representation to a continuous, smooth representation, e.g., proportinal symbol, dot, choropleth, etc..
Visual equalization, or adjusting the social variable visual weight to emphasize its importance can also be extended to the spatial resolution of the dataset, in this case using smaller enumeration units. A finer resolution such as county level data can emphasize urban areas versus rural areas, especially when we add a value-by-alpha layer, rather than generalizing the electorate to the state level, therefore, I include it in this model as equalization.
The core of my thesis research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is focused on gathering data from Twitter in order to better understand social phenomena geographically. The micro-blogging service Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to share opinions, links, and images in 140 or fewer characters. There are a variety of privacy settings involved with all social media platforms. One option that Twitter allows is the ability of users to display their Tweet Location .
To create the choropleth Illness Index in ArcGIS I normalize the map units by dividing the incidence of "sick" tweets by the total tweets per county. This will return a right-tail skewed distribution (hopefully; otherwise we have a serious pandemic occuring!) in the range of 0.0005 - 0.5000 (*100 = % sick). The best method to classify this type of distribution is the geometric interval because the distribution mimics a geometric series and this classification will best optimize that type of data range, ensuring that each class range has approximately the same number of values within each class and that change between intervals is fairly consistent (help.arcgis.com). Finally, I do manually tweak the interval, setting a break point on the mean so that I can create the following divergent (above/below) scheme.
The foundation for my design is rooted in traditional cartography. I have made it my specialty to produce all of my static maps and visuals in less than an hour, an exercise in serving the public graphic information in as timely a manner as possible.