AMITIAE - Tuesday 1 March 2016

Cassandra: Playing with Presidential Percentages - A Washington Post Interactive Tool

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By Graham K. Rogers


Now that the Oscar's are done for this year, a lot more eyes than is usual are on the US presidential race. Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump is perhaps the main interest because of his unusual style. I am one of those who fears the prospect of a Trump presidency.

The Washington Post, Fix (Philip Bump) has an analysis of the statistics around Super Tuesday voting as the outcome is probably more significant than any other delegate voting to come (or past). Within the analysis is a useful interactive tool for those interested to play with the percentages.

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Screen shot of Washington Post Interactive Tool

The sliders allow readers of the page to adjust the possible outcomes. If you slide one candidate's percentage too far to the right, the tool warns that the allocation is over 100%, which means the other sliders - the other candidates - must be adjusted downwards.

For the full article and analysis, see: The complex delegate math of Super Tuesday, explained as best we can

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.



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