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Calculate Matched-Booth Swing during an election count

Hello everyone,

I'm working on a personal project that involves creating statistics around live election data. I'm wondering if anyone would be kind enough to give me some feedback on calculating matched-booth swing.

From what I understand, the key to this is to control the sample size of booths throughout the counting process, comparing the previous elections booth results with the current booths that are reporting votes. Ensuring to only compare the same booth from the previous year with the current one.

The calculation I have looks like this:

(Single party votes in 2024 from matched booths/ total votes in 2024 from matched booths - Single party votes in 2021 from matched booths/ total votes in 2022 from matched booths) * 100

Sorry for the poor formatting. Hopefully it's legible. I’ve also attached an image.

My plan is to dynamically update the booths that are factored into the equation throughout the counting process, based on the booths in the current election that are reporting votes.

What does everyone think? Am I on the right track or am I missing something here?

I appreciate any advice here. Thank you!

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Help Political Analytics Grad Student w/ Survey

Hello All! I am currently a graduate student in the Political Analytics program at Columbia. For one of my course projects I have to create, field and analyze survey data. This is a super quick simple survey, and It would be extremely helpful if you could take less than 3 mins of your day to fill this out. I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!


17:58 UTC


I'm looking for a data warehousing solution to compile political data

I tried BigQuery but DML queries aren't allowed in the free version. Do you know any better alternative? There are a ton of them out there and I'm sure there's one but you would save me a tremendous amount of time that I better put into making some cool analysis of political data.

What I'm working on as a start is to join data on international relations, like COW, WTO, etc, manipulate them and join on a common key. I suspect the common key will be countryname or ISO-Code. Not sure yet. I may also need to alter some tables to conform to this convention.

11:27 UTC


Which Came First- the Politician or the Policy?

Hi All,

New to the group, but I put together this data-based analysis of the impact of why people vote for candidates, and I would love any feedback you guys would be willing to give! Also open to suggestions for future analyses/articles.

Which Came First- the Politician or the Policy?

13:39 UTC


Donor Data for Publicly Elected Officials?

I’d really appreciate if someone could explain how to get donor data for representatives and senators. Who are their biggest donors? Who are the lobbyists that have most influence them? It’s only seems right that this data should be public. I curious about the breakdown.

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02:23 UTC


New Middle Eastern Geopolitics And News Subreddit - r/KurdistanNews

We recently created a new subreddit specifically for Middle Eastern geopolitics and news, which also covers the global ramifications of events which take place in the middle east. Feel free to join our subreddit, and get many new and different perspective on events that take place in the Middle East.

Here is a link to our subreddit.


01:59 UTC


New Syrian Civil War Subreddit

I recently made a new unbiased subreddit for Syrian Civil War news. It is a more open Syrian civil war subreddit than other Syrian civil war subreddits that tend to be more pro-Kurd or pro-Israel/USA. My subreddit is also for broader geopolitical news that is related to various countries that support the government and proxy forces in Syria.

Here it is: r/syriancivilwarnews

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22:28 UTC


Noam Chomsky reiterates his position that Antifa is a gift to the far right

20:07 UTC


Looking for books / academic resources

Hi ! I got this reading list that I'm looking to expand. I'm looking for books on Internet policy/governance/regulation. I'm particularly interested in case studies of content take down and information control. Thanks for your suggestions!

My current list: Benkler, Yochai (2007). The Wealth of Networks – How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom

Castells, Manuel (2009). The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture Volume I

Castells, Manuel (2012). Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age

Deibert, Ronald J., Haraszti, Miklos, Palfrey, John G., Rohozinski, Rafal, Zittrain, Jonathon (2010). Access Controlled – The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

Deibert, Ronald J. (2013). Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet

DeNardis, Laura (2009). Protocol Politics – The Globalization of Internet Governance

DeNardis, Laura (2011). Opening Standards – The Global Politics of Interoperability

DeNardis, Laura (2014). The global war for Internet governance.

DeNardis, Laura (ed.) (2015). The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance

Lessig, Lawrence (2006). Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0

MacKinnon, Rebecca (2013). Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom

Mansell, R (2012). Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation, and Governance

Mueller, Milton (2002). Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace

Mueller, Milton (2013). Networks and States – The Global Politics of Internet Governance

Mueller, Milton (2017). Will the Internet Fragment?: Sovereignty, Globalization and Cyberspace

Webster, F. (2014). Theories of the Information Society

11:08 UTC


MANIFESTO (One World Order) : SUPERDENSE (x-post from /r/writing)

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