Karnataka Election Rediff Sentimeter
The Karnataka Election
Sentimeter has been built by Rediff to enable our users to understand the
details of the Karanataka Elections. This is the second Election Sentimeter
with the earlier one built for Gujarat Elections.
Data journalism is the
new trend in journalism where increasing amounts of
data is being assembled, processed and provided to the end users along with the
tools to empower them to understand the underlying information.
In this project we have
used clean, authentic election data and are presenting it to our users in an
interactive way for them to understand the election outcomes under different
What we did behind the
- Assembled authentic
historic election data.
- The data includes
election wins, margins, contestants from Assembly elections of 2004, 2008
and municipal elections of 2013.
- On assembling and
processing the data, parts that were relevant were selected and used
- A mathematical
model was built using winning trends and winning margins from above data
to come up with a historic trend based forecast at the overall and per
constituency level for Karnataka Elections 2013.
- The outcome per
constituency from the Sentimeter based on the historic data could be a win
for either BJP or INC or JD(S), the three main parties in the 2008
assembly elections. There are variations of BJP Tilt, INC Tilt and JD(S)
Tilt for these parties. The outcome is marked as Swing (could go to any
party) if the historic data is too close to call.
What is presented to our
- The Sentimeter is
presented in an interactive graphical map interface using Rediff maps to
enable our users to pictorially consume the historic trend based seat count.
- The Sentimeter is
optimized to work on desktop, ipad and mobile browsers of iphone and
Android (version 2.2 and higher).
- The current
political mood in Karnataka could be different from the past elections.
This is the reason the Sentimeter is offered as a tool to the users, so
that the users can move the slider towards INC or BJP to see the potential
- A slider is provided
to enable our users to add a BJP or Congress bias to the election
election count. By sliding to the left and adding an INC bias to the
data model, a recalculated seat count is presented to the user by
internally altering the winning margins in INCís favor. This may or may
not alter the final outcome of the constituencies based on its historic
performance. By moving to the right a BJP bias is added.
- At the per
constituency level the details presented to the users are:
- The 2012
contesting candidates from the major parties
- 2008 results
Link to Gujarat
Sentimeter Methodology has details of the
sentimeter for Gujarat Elections.