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Authors: Christian Panse
Title: Rectangular Statistical Cartograms in R: The recmap Package
Abstract: Cartogram drawing is a technique for showing geography-related statistical information, such as demographic and epidemiological data. The idea is to distort a map by resizing its regions according to a statistical parameter by keeping the map recognizable. This article describes an R package implementing an algorithm called RecMap which approximates every map region by a rectangle where the area corresponds to the given statistical value (maintain zero cartographic error). The package implements the computationally intensive tasks in C++. This paper's contribution is that it demonstrates on real and synthetic maps how package recmap can be used, how it is implemented and how it is used with other statistical packages.

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DOI: 10.18637/jss.v086.c01

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