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Monday, March 12, 2007

Eurovision alliances or eurovisiopsephology


Soon it will be Eurovision again, this time from Helsinki. This paper by Gatherer in the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation analyses voting blocs in the contest. These are actually quite hard to ascertain but can be established by simulation. This graph of Venn diagrams, shows significant voting blocs over 6 or 4 year windows. Between 1996 and 2000 we have a Nordic bloc, and a Hungary-Malta-Slovenia-Macedonia bloc.

More recently we have
a huge Balkan bloc and a large Viking empire.

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