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COUNTRY CLUSTERS: STATISTICALLY SIMILAR COUNTRIES IN NETWORK GRAPHS
Friday, 1 November 2013
What would the world look like if you shifted countries around based on similarity? What if you clustered countries according to statistical performance, rather than other predefined groups, regions and associations?
We did just that at NationMaster. We created network graphs where the most similar countries become neighbours. The more similar their statistical performance, the closer countries are. And if they're not that similar, we show no connection at all. (We tried showing more connections but then the graphs turned into big unreadable blobs).
This analysis doesn't directly take into account the kinds of institutions countries have or their cultural mix, just how they score in 4,000 different statistics. We chose to show only countries that had strong correlations, just so you could (almost) fit the graph on your screen. Exceptional countries like The United States often don't make an appearance for that reason.
What you get is a new way of looking at countries. It's not just interesting. It helps us here think about how we should group countries.
Below you see the graph for all indicators: You can see in the top left the West, and sub clusters within them: some English speaking former British colonies (Canada, NZ, Australia), Scandinavia, Western Europe, Southern Europe. Below you see a nice cluster for former Warsaw Pact countries, with Slovakia being the most typical. At the middle bottom we have our middle income countries: a mix of South America with some South East Asia.
In the bottom right hand corner of our map we see western Europe, with Southern Europe and Scandinavia in their own subclusters.
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Piracy, and intellectual property in general, is a contentious issue between developed states and the rest of the world. Developed states are net producers of software and emerging economies have lax policing as well as minimal financial incentive for compliance. Among frequent pirates, emerging markets pirate 4 times as much as mature markets.
This represents a large missed opportunity for software publishers as emerging markets represent 56% the world's new PC »
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All regions have produced steady improvements in HDI, with Asia showing the fastest growth. Sub-Saharan African grow has been slow however.
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