Whose Grid Map is better? Quality Metrics for Grid Map Layouts
Krist Wongsuphasawat

I disagree. Even with the fancy statistics (and my MBA is in Statistics), the Bloomberg map looks more like the US. On a visual basis, what matters the most is whether the map perimeter looks like the true US perimeter. On the NYT map, Florida looks wrong under GA instead of SC. TX does not stand out as being as south as it is. CA is stuck out in the Pacific Ocean on its own. MA is not connected to ME. I will admit that the east coast is a mess in all of the maps, including the Bloomberg map, given the large number of states in a small area.

There is no way one can support the Washington Post and FiveThirtyEight maps with WI placed north of MI, MN, ND, MT, ID, and WA. These states all have areas north of WI. For similar reasons, the Guardian map has MN and ND stuck out north of states at the same or higher average latitude. For reasons previously mentioned, I eliminated NYT. Thus, I was down to Bloomberg and NPR and the the Bloomberg perimeter shape looks more accurate to me.

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