February 10, 2008

Comparison of Candidate-Matching Engines (preview)

Here are some notes for my upcoming analysis on Presidential Candidate Comparison Shopping. To be followed by a whole lotta discussion this week...

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price
grabber.com
262 to 6
(3.2 per)
option
to skip
0% to
100%
active onlyby issue,
who agreed
afterwards, WikipediaNo 
usatoday.com113 to 6
(4.9 per)
answer allvisual, bar graphshow all,
dropped = grayed out
matrix view!noafterwards,
w/ sliders
source for positions,
running-totals
vajoe.com242 or 3
(yes, no, ?)
can leave blank0% to
100%
active + recently active?nobeforehand,
on-site
beforehand,
1 to 3
"composite candidate"
minnesota
.publicradio.org
172 to 7
(3.0 per)
can leave blank1 to 10active + recently active?by candidate,
agreed or disagreed
no?beforehand,
1 to 3
source for positions,
glassbooth.org142
(yes, no)
option
to skip
0% to
100%
active + option for dropoutsby candidate,
agreed or disagreed, how much
beforehand, Wikipediabeforehand,
1 to 5
multiple sources!
abcnews.com113 to 6
(4.9 per)
answer allvisual, pictures of top 3dropouts are still in the top 3, but fadedmatrix,
but only for the top 3
no!no!no!
electoral
compass.com
362
(yes, no)
option
to skip
cartesianshows all,
"X" for the dropouts
by candidate,
agreed or disagreed, how much
nobeforehand,
1 to 5
sources for positions
gotoquiz.com172 to 4
(2.9 per)
can leave blank0% to
100%
shows all, no difference in active and dropoutnonobeforehand,
1 to 5
 
washington
post.com
251x per candidatecan skip ahead1 to 25
points
active + recently active?by candidatenobeforehand,
w/ slider
running-totals,
but you can turn it on/off
select
smart.com
N/A... I did not appreciate the ads between the survey and the answer.
The only interesting part was the inclusion of candidates not in the race.
(Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg, Newt Gingrich, Stephen Colbert...)

Comparison of Candidate-Matching Engines (preview)
Posted by Sean O'Rourke on February 10, 2008 at 5:36 PM
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