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Best Map Award 2017

Automated layout of origin-destination flow maps: U.S. county-to-county migration 2009-2013

 

Daniel M. Stephen and Bernhard Jenny

Journal of Maps, Volume 13, 2017 - Issue 1
Published online: 08 May 2017

Interactive flow mapping applications allow users to explore large movement datasets by automatically generating flow maps from subsets of the data in response to queries by the user. However, even a small number of flows can overlap and cross each other in a way that impedes accurate interpretation. We introduce an interactive flow map of migration in the United States from 2009 to 2013 that uses a force-directed method to automatically lay out migration flows at the county-to-county and state levels.

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Automated layout of origin-destination flow maps: U.S. county-to-county migration 2009-2013

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