The last few years have seen the introduction of data analysis for election coverage into the public sphere. In the US, from the Nate Silver phenomenon to the team of “quants” that helped Obama get re-elected in 2012, data and numbers have wormed their way into the public discourse. In India, a lively debate is taking place on the role of opinion polls in voter behavior, as well as the transparency in reporting the results of the polls.
More than ever before, people are asking:
1) What are the numbers saying?
2) How do I interpret these numbers?
3) What other information do I need to believe these numbers?
The run-up to the 2014 general election has seen the emergence of quite a few impressive data-driven blogs and articles analyzing Indian political data. We are active readers of each of these authors, and we encourage you to follow them as well.
Below is a list of what we are reading these days:
Rukmini Shrinivasan [@rukmini_shrini] at http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/blogs/blog-datadelve — A seasoned data writer for the Hindu delivers her thoughts with a penchant for clearly explaining and interpreting the data
Karthik Shashidhar [@karthiks] at http://www.livemint.com/Search/Link/Author/Karthik%20Shashidhar — Author at Mint and data scientist with particularly careful analysis of Elections Commission and polling data
Here are some slick sites that provide a nice way to visualize political data:
http://thefivefortyfive.com/ — Provides analysis and nice visuals. See the maps on tainted MPs and rallies!
http://theballot.in/ — One of the most beautiful sites out there, provides fantastic interactive data visualization