Monday, December 05, 2011

Russian physicist in the Netherlands charts elections.

Dr. Maxim S. Pshenichnikov, University of Groeningen, the Netherlands shows the distribution of votes in yesterday's Russian Parliamentary elections.

- horizontal - voter turnout (Явка) ;
- vertical - percentage of votes cast in Moscow for Putin's party United Russia (Голоса за ЕР, % г.Москва.)

The chart shows two clusters: 1) 50% turnout and 25% vote; 2) 65% turnout 51% vote.

The first cluster is consistent with the results from polling stations where independent observers were present. The second cluster is consistent with the hypothesis of massive ballot box stuffing for the ruling party.

Presentation-wise, it's interesting to see four dimensions are shown on a two-dimensional surface (2 main axis, #of precincts - color intensity, relative scale - circles).

The chart reminds me of the island of Maui, Hawaii, formed by two volcanic forces.

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