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Re: Mapping question...

Guillaume Dargaud wrote:
> For lack of a better place, I'll ask it here even though it is not IDL
> specific (but I will probably implement it in IDL).
> I need to make maps of the world in a special way (I don't even know what
> this is called, so if anybody can provide me with a keyword...)
> Say you have a quantity of rain per sq degrees and you want to enlarge the
> surface area of places where it rains a lot and shrink the surface area of
> dry places... You end up with a tiny sahara, but large tropical zones...
> How would you go to do something like that...?
> I have seen it done before, but don't know what this kind of mapping is
> called.

Bad mapping? :o)

It doesn't sound like it will produce an easy to understand map, but what would I know.
FWIW, I'm always suspicious of maps/graphs that use area as a graphing dimension since
area is a squared quantity and usually the number used to calculate the area is not scaled
for this leading to a biased plot that emphasises the larger values (like when graphs use
different sized circles and/or squares to represent a 3rd dimension in a 2d plot.).



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