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Fan Map Faux Pax @ Indian Premier League #IPL

We’ve just wrapped up another eventful season of the annual phenomenon that is the Indian Premier League. Records were broken, trophies and caps won, and careers and fortunes made in a span of 6 high-octane weeks.  Fans, being the lifeblood of any successful sporting event, were given extra-special attention this time around. The millions of tweets that social-media savvy fans across India tweeted during the tournament formed a veritable growing corpus of social content that was used through the IPL to engage fans as well as gauge sentiment.

A host of interesting analysis and visualizations were used on the web on the official IPL Facebook and Twitter pages and website, as well as broadcast on TV to feed the frenzy.  However, there were a few glaring and some subtle errors in data collection as well as visualization and I had only begun to surmise the confusion that must have prevailed among the millions of people exposed to these. Nonetheless, I would push any nagging sense of unease to the back of my mind and enjoy the game(s) – that was until the IPL Final when things finally came to a head.

Access an analysis of what went wrong and a Tableau Public workbook that details an improved solution here.

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