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Analysis of Electoral Data: a Visualisation-based Approach

Grant number: 12/07636-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2012
Effective date (End): December 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Principal researcher:Fernando Vieira Paulovich
Grantee:Francisco Morgani Fatore
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The data storage capacity attained by the current tools and approaches makes it possible to many companies and institutions to register data about their business towards to reach better results. Currently, several companies have obtained good results with the exploration of their data bases. Well-known examples are the supermarkets and companies in general that seeks to extract patterns and tendencies on the data about clients in order to improve the sale results. Several researches have been working on the exploration of commercial and scientific data, but little effort has been put on the analysis of social and political one. Aiming at improving the exploration of such data, especially the electoral data, this project seeks to employ information visualization techniques to create visual representations so that the human visual ability can be applied on exploratory and interpretation tasks. In this project, the main goals are focused on the analysis that involves information about voting records and campaign funding resources. Our purpose is to make the results and produced software available on the web so that they can be used on other research projects and by population in general. Extra effort will be put to make this tool, or an initial version, available before the elections that are going to run this year.

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