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Interactive 3D Visualizations of 111th Congress Voting Records

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Interactive 3D Visualization of US Senators' Voting Records

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The senators' locations in 3D space are determined by their votes in the 111th Congress as reported by http://www.govtrack.us/. A total of 696 votes were cast, though not every senator cast every vote. I generated the 3D points from the raw data by a technique called multi-dimensional scaling via relaxation.

Notice how centrists are in the middle and Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders are outliers.

Notice how Republicans and Democrats cluster in different groups.   This expected result gives the lie to the oft-heard claim by leftists that there are no differences between Dems and Repugs.  The Repugs are worse; often they vote unanimously against progressive legislation. This is not meant to absolve (centrist) Democrats such as President Obama for their many sellouts. It's just meant to tell it like it is.

Interactive 3D Visualization of US Representatives' Voting records

Click to go to the 3d interactive visualization
 
The representatives' locations in 3D space are determined by their votes in the 111th Congress as reported by http://www.govtrack.us/. A total of 1655 votes were cast, though not every representative cast every vote. The points were generated from the raw data by a technique called multi-dimensional scaling via relaxation.

 

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I've added lawmakers' photos to the visualization.... by Don Smith on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 2:24:16 PM
 you don't tell us what the 3 axes are measur... by Dante DeNavarre on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 4:06:19 PM
It's self-organizing: it clusters the senators acc... by Don Smith on Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 at 5:12:59 PM