Student Programming Plagiarism Dectection Using Moss

Cheating in student programming tasks manifests in various forms; sharing the same piece of code is one such way. While there are a number of ways of detecting source code similarity, using Moss (Measure of Software Similarity) [1]—a plagiarism detection SaaS system—is one potentially viable and effective method of doing so. It is “fast, easy to use, and free” [1, 2]. (more…)

Historical Regional Voting Pattern in Past Zambia Presidential Elections

Wanting to do something ‘worthwhile’ while procrastinating—no pun intended, I dug into the past six—1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2011—Zambian presidential election results [1], collated the data and then mapped regional (district-level) results, just as I did in for the 2011 results [2]. I thought it was funny that back in 1991,  Kenneth Kaunda ONLY had majority votes in Eastern Province.


Mapping the Zambia 2011 Elections Results Using Google Fusion Tables

I have been playing around with Shapefiles [1] these last couple of weeks. So I got the most recently available Zambia GDM Shapefiles [2], made a few modifications to take into account Muchinga Province and new districts, and subsequently merged the DBF file with the 2011 presidential elections results [3]. While I have been exclusively using R packages like maptools [4], I spent the last few minutes working with Google Fusion Tables [5] and came up with the interactive map below. (more…)

Visualising the Zambia 2011 Presidential Election Results

I have spent the last couple of weeks sieving through Zambia census data, as part of a personal project I am working on. With the looming presidential by-election, I decided to extend this analysis to include election results since democracy was re-introduced in 1991. I have spent the last few days compiling this information and will dedicate the next few posts to visualising this data—I hope someone out there finds this useful. (more…)