Gray's Analyses: Decoding Data Using Constructed Cartography
On a standard map, Afghanistan and Iran share a border. But from James Madison University professor Lincoln Gray's perspective, the two countries are a world apart. That's because Gray's "constructed charts" don't map items based on their physical proximity to each other, but rather their relationship to common data points-in this case, rates of successful vaccination against diphtheria. Using constructed cartography, a technique he's been developing since his completing doctoral studies, Gray has helped researchers across several fields discern clear, understandable patterns from vast amounts of complex data.
Published October 2009