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Visualizing the Law

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O’Reilly Radar gives us a visual representation of the U.S. Code. Here’s the formula used, as related by the creator of the image, Dan Kaminsky:

Take the data . . . and separate into 32 byte chunks. Lay these chunks out horizontally and vertically. Now, set the brightness of each pixel as the similarity between the bytes at x vs. the bytes at y. The actual metric, btw, is the Levenstein string distance, with some normalization.

And here’s a resulting image:

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It would work equally for napkins and placemats. (Dinner settings based on the U.S. Code).

Next: music derived from the U.S. Code. I’m expecting something along the lines of Philip Glass.

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