Clusters of (French) Regions

For the data scienec course of tomorrow, I just wanted to post some functions to illustrate cluster analysis. Consider the dataset of the French 2012 elections

> elections2012=read.table(
"http://freakonometrics.free.fr/elections_2012_T1.csv",sep=";",dec=",",header=TRUE)
> voix=which(substr(names(
+ elections2012),1,11)=="X..Voix.Exp")
> elections2012=elections2012[1:96,]
> X=as.matrix(elections2012[,voix])
> colnames(X)=c("JOLY","LE PEN","SARKOZY","MÉLENCHON","POUTOU","ARTHAUD","CHEMINADE","BAYROU","DUPONT-AIGNAN","HOLLANDE")
> rownames(X)=elections2012[,1]

The hierarchical cluster analysis is obtained using

> cah=hclust(dist(X))
> plot(cah,cex=.6)

To get five groups, we have to prune the tree

> rect.hclust(cah,k=5)
> groups.5 <- cutree(cah,5)

We have to zoom-in to visualize the French regions,

It is also possible to use

> library(dendroextras)
> plot(colour_clusters(cah,k=5))

And again, if we zoom-in, we get

The interpretation of the clusters can be obtained using

> aggregate(X,list(groups.5),mean)
  Group.1     JOLY   LE PEN  SARKOZY
1       1 2.185000 18.00042 28.74042
2       2 1.943824 23.22324 25.78029
3       3 2.240667 15.34267 23.45933
4       4 2.620000 21.90600 34.32200
5       5 3.140000  9.05000 33.80000

It is also possible to visualize those clusters on a map, using

> library(RColorBrewer)
> CL=brewer.pal(8,"Set3")
> carte_classe <- function(groupes){
+ library(stringr)
+ elections2012$dep <- elections2012[,2]
+ elections2012$dep <- tolower(elections2012$dep)
+ elections2012$dep <- str_replace_all(elections2012$dep, pattern = " |-|'|/", replacement = "")
+ library(maps)
+ france<-map(database="france")
+ france$dep <- france$names
+ france$dep <- tolower(france$dep)
+ france$dep <- str_replace_all(france$dep, pattern = " |-|'|/", replacement = "")
+ corresp_noms <- elections2012[, c(1,2, ncol(elections2012))]
+ corresp_noms$dep[which(corresp_noms$dep %in% "corsesud")] <- "corsedusud"
+ col2001<-groupes+1
+ names(col2001) <- corresp_noms$dep[match(names(col2001), corresp_noms[,1])]
+ color <- col2001[match(france$dep, names(col2001))]
+ map(database="france", fill=TRUE, col=CL[color])
+ }
> carte_classe(cutree(cah,5))

or, if we simply want 4 clusters

> carte_classe(cutree(cah,4))

 


3 thoughts on “Clusters of (French) Regions”

  1. Really nicely doing. I am surprised the cluster do regions so much compacts geographically(especially true for the 4 clusters case).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *