Call Data Sheds Light On Cross Border Connections

IBM & MIT worked together to analyze AT&T calling patterns and what emerged were pockets of telephonic connected-ness that often span traditional U.S. State boundaries.

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12 July 2011

 

Calling Zones Map

Colored counties represent telephonic connected-ness.

What emerges are clear boundaries among mostly pairs of states.

  • Virginia & Maryland (Virginland)
  • The Carolinas
  • Tennessee & Kentucky (Tenntucky)
  • Arkansas & Oklahoma (Arkanhoma)
  • Alabama & Georgia (Alabeorgia)
  • Louisiana & Mississippi (Loisissippi)

I would be interested to see a more finite representation of Florida where I expect there would be a rather significant demarcation between the South Florida (Atlantic Coast) and the rest of the state. Another thing I’d like to know more about is overlaying this map with some ethnographic data showing how cultural similarities may be observed within these same divisions.

For more info on this project, please check out MIT’s Senseable Project website

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