The Robotic Senate

August 9, 2006 at 8:08 am | Posted in Political Economy | 2 Comments

Via Ben Hyde: Slicing and Dicing the Senate. Reduce each senator to two parameters, and you can draw a line dividing any vote with 95% accuracy. A vertical line means an issue was decided according to economic position, and a horizontal line means it was decided according to social position.

It’s interesting that diagonal lines seem to work with as much accuracy. So for example on a given vote, economically liberal senators will be in favor, but only if they are not too socially conservative. It’s pretty amazing that such a simplistic model works so well.


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