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Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with M. Ghaffari, A. Steger and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 06, 2005, 12:15 pm

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Speaker: Bettina Speckmann (TU Eindhoven)

On Rectangular Cartograms

A rectangular cartogram is a type of map where every region is a rectangle. The size of the rectangles is chosen such that their areas represent a geographic variable (e.g., population). Good rectangular cartograms are hard to generate: The area specifications for each rectangle may make it impossible to realize correct adjacencies between the regions and so hamper the intuitive understanding of the map.

We present the first algorithms for rectangular cartogram construction. Our algorithms depend on a precise formalization of region adjacencies and build upon existing VLSI layout algorithms. Furthermore, we characterize a non-trivial class of rectangular subdivisions for which exact cartograms can be computed efficiently. An implementation of our algorithms and various tests show that in practice, visually pleasing rectangular cartograms with small cartographic error can be generated effectively.

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