The article aims at comparing two tools for displaying, in graphical form, information about vote outcomes in multiparty elections at the constituency level. One was proposed by Nagayama and introduced to the English-speaking world by Reed, who applied this method to Japanese and Italian election data. Reed labels the method Nagayama diagrams. Recently, Taagepera has shown how the domain of potential uses of Nagayama diagrams can be expanded significantly. A second graphical device has been used by a number of authors for various types of election analyses, but is not that well known in the comparative parties literature. This method, which uses barycentric coordinates (i.e. triangular) rather than the more familiar rectangular coordinates, has gone under a variety of names (e.g. trilinear plot, toroidal diagram and simplex representation): In this work both methods tare used to visually present election data (by constituency) for the Italian national elections of 1994, 1996 and 2001. It is shown how different types of information may be readily gleaned from the two types of graph, and, perhaps most importantly, the paper illustrates how it I spossible to improve the ready intuitive interpretability of each type of graph by specifying boundary constraints to define particular regions of the graph – a technique called ‘segmentation’.

Comparing and Contrasting the Uses of Two Graphical Tools for Displaying Patterns of Multi-Party Competition / D'Alimonte, Roberto; B., Grofman; A., Chiaramonte; D., Feld. - In: PARTY POLITICS. - ISSN 1354-0688. - 10:(2004), pp. 272-299.

Comparing and Contrasting the Uses of Two Graphical Tools for Displaying Patterns of Multi-Party Competition

D'ALIMONTE, ROBERTO;
2004

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The article aims at comparing two tools for displaying, in graphical form, information about vote outcomes in multiparty elections at the constituency level. One was proposed by Nagayama and introduced to the English-speaking world by Reed, who applied this method to Japanese and Italian election data. Reed labels the method Nagayama diagrams. Recently, Taagepera has shown how the domain of potential uses of Nagayama diagrams can be expanded significantly. A second graphical device has been used by a number of authors for various types of election analyses, but is not that well known in the comparative parties literature. This method, which uses barycentric coordinates (i.e. triangular) rather than the more familiar rectangular coordinates, has gone under a variety of names (e.g. trilinear plot, toroidal diagram and simplex representation): In this work both methods tare used to visually present election data (by constituency) for the Italian national elections of 1994, 1996 and 2001. It is shown how different types of information may be readily gleaned from the two types of graph, and, perhaps most importantly, the paper illustrates how it I spossible to improve the ready intuitive interpretability of each type of graph by specifying boundary constraints to define particular regions of the graph – a technique called ‘segmentation’.
Comparing and Contrasting the Uses of Two Graphical Tools for Displaying Patterns of Multi-Party Competition / D'Alimonte, Roberto; B., Grofman; A., Chiaramonte; D., Feld. - In: PARTY POLITICS. - ISSN 1354-0688. - 10:(2004), pp. 272-299.
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