Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Strange Maps

The map above is from Strange Maps for June 10, "US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs". If you go to the website, if the map is covered by the sidebar, just click on the map. A lot more cartographic weirdness where this came from.
I'm not attesting to the accuracy of the data - which is true in all cases, anyway - but particularly here.


Anonymous said...

Very cool!


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Leonard Gaines said...

This is an interesting map, but the write-up provided by its producer shows a number of SERIOUS flaws.

First, the data on GDP by state does NOT come close to the estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (no source for their data is provided).

Second, the ranking of the states themselves fails to follow the BEA order. According to BEA, NY ranks THIRD at $1,022 Billion. The producer of the map shows NY as SEVENTH with GDP of just $621 Billion.

Third, the source they used for the national data and ranks, shows the World in total as ranking first, followed by the European Union. The first true nation on the list is ranked third and is the United States.