Rectangular Statistical Cartograms in R: The recmap Package

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Authors Christian Panse
Journal/Conference Name Journal of Statistical Software, Code Snippets
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Paper Abstract Cartogram drawing is a technique for showing geography-related statistical information, such as demographic and epidemiological data. The idea is to distort a map by resizing its regions according to a statistical parameter by keeping the map recognizable. This article describes an R package implementing an algorithm called RecMap which approximates every map region by a rectangle where the area corresponds to the given statistical value (maintain zero cartographic error). The package implements the computationally intensive tasks in C++. This paper's contribution is that it demonstrates on real and synthetic maps how recmap can be used, how it is implemented and used with other statistical packages.
Date of publication 2016
Code Programming Language R
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