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Re: Clustering US lawmakers by the similarities of their voting reco

In fact, it's not really a clustering algorithm, in the sense of K-means. It's more like multidimensional scaling or graph layout. I edited the article
Donald A. Smith
Jun 24, 2014
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Re: Clustering US lawmakers by the similarities of their voting reco

Hello, Chuck, your emails somehow ended up in my spam folder. Hence my delay in responding. The distance between lawmakers is equal to how many votes (rolls)
Donald A. Smith
Jun 24, 2014
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Re: Clustering US lawmakers by the similarities of their voting reco

Also, I haven't done much with visualizations, so if you could talk about the tools and algorithms you used to flatten the voting distances, that would be very
Chuck Bearden
Jun 21, 2014
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Re: Clustering US lawmakers by the similarities of their voting reco

Repugs? Could you please be a little more tendentious? Also: could you say something about your methodology? Is this the result of K-Means with randomly
Chuck Bearden
Jun 21, 2014
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Clustering US lawmakers by the similarities of their voting records

Using data from govtrack.us, I wrote this article: Visualized grouping of US Congress members by similarities in their voting records Visualized grouping of US
Donald A. Smith
Jun 19, 2014
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Re: Questionaire to match voters to politician

Hi, Nate. Instead of a wiki, a Google Drive spreadsheet might work better. I don't know how well bills will fall into those three categories, but it's as good
Josh Tauberer
May 10, 2014
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Re: Questionaire to match voters to politician

Hi Josh, Thank you for your response. It sounds like matching issues too bills would be too much work for me. So I'm thinking of making a wiki for this. I'm
than4213
May 9, 2014
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Re: Questionaire to match voters to politician

Hi Nate, It's tricky because votes don't often line up with single issues. Most votes are procedural, most bills don't get a vote, and bills that do get a vote
Josh Tauberer
May 5, 2014
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Questionaire to match voters to politician

Have you guys considered making some sort of questionnaire about a person's stand on issues, then matching them to politicians based on the politicians voting
than4213
May 5, 2014
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System maintenance next weekend (4/25-4/27)

GovTrack will be unavailable starting Friday, April 25 at 9pm for long-overdue system maintenance. Hopefully everything will be back by Sunday evening. If
Josh Tauberer
Apr 20, 2014
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Re: API

Hi, Mark. The API doesn't provide any filtering or aggregates by party. You would need to download the entire vote result data and then filter/aggregate
Josh Tauberer
Apr 18, 2014
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API

Hi Using the API how do we filter votes out by party? https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/111-2010/h659 Similar to this example if we want to show how
Mark Tuchscherer
Apr 15, 2014
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Deprecating all of /data/us in favor of new data files

Hello, I'm not sure how many people on this list are still rsync'ing bulk data, but I'm now deprecating all of the data files in /data/us in favor of the new
Josh Tauberer
Mar 25, 2014
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Open Data Day DC - Hackathon & Workshops - Feb 22-23

(apologies for cross-posting)* Open Data Day is coming back to DC!* Open Data Day is an international event, with around 100 cities participating last year.
Josh Tauberer
Jan 28, 2014
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Re: Is the data still available as a sql file?

I have a script that loads the people.xml into a database if that helps. I'm not doing that to the legislation though. Chris ________________________________
Brown, Chris
Dec 6, 2013
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