Binary subdivision of the world

Into boxes with equal numbers of geotagged tweets

  • Mark Lobo 4y

    Reminds me of an Etch A Sketch.
  • Prentis T. (Tom) Keener, Jr. 4y

    Looks like half of the world's population is missing! The Middle East, Northern Russia, Mongolia, and parts of China are not as supprising as Africa.....
  • Hugh Stimson 4y

    Awesome. Made it into my desktop (inverted to white on black). Now do it with population! and other cool variables!

    Is it custom programming? If so, what language are you using? If not, what software?
  • Eric Fischer 4y

    Thanks!

    I wrote a very short C program to do this, because C lends itself well to sorting and recursing into slices of very large arrays.

    The actual motivation behind it, by the way, was to figure out an approximately optimal set of bounding boxes to query for in APIs like Picasa's, where if you ask for the whole world, you only get a few, very recent, results, but if you query for small enough bounding boxes, you can see further back in time. The idea is to choose bounding boxes with equal frequency so you get approximately the same time period of results from each of them.
  • [mementosis] 4y

    hellooo, new wallpaper.. awesome, inspiring work as ever. instafave.
  • Fredy Ore 4y

    Really loving this today :)
  • kolykoly 4y

    nice work!

    a comparable effort:

    aworldoftweets.frogdesign.com/
  • dp 4y

    Beautiful!
  • Eric Fischer 4y

    The Frog Design one is great for watching it happen in real time.
  • johnscottsf 3y

    Extremely cool. Nice work.
  • johnscottsf 3y

    Eric, where'd you get the data?
  • Eric Fischer 3y

    Oh, sorry, this was geotagged tweets from the Twitter Streaming API.
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