Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

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Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

Postby Jeff Smith » Thu May 17, 2018 2:39 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... finds.html

Way too deep for me...

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The scientists also believe that artificial intelligence software could be used to rectify many of the map-related mistakes plaguing commuters.

Researchers used New York City as a case study because it has switched between different color-coding systems and is known to have several 'navigational hazards'.

'The New York City subway has one of the most complex service patterns in the world, and is currently undergoing re-evaluation and development of its information delivery,' the study noted.

They recruited almost 300 participants and randomly paired them with a type of color-coded map.
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Re: Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

Postby Backshophoss » Thu May 17, 2018 9:32 pm

Another case of "overthinking the plumbing" again. :P
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Re: Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

Postby Allan » Fri May 18, 2018 1:35 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5738201/New-Yorks-subway-map-complicated-navigational-hazards-confuse-commuters-study-finds.html

Way too deep for me...

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The scientists also believe that artificial intelligence software could be used to rectify many of the map-related mistakes plaguing commuters.

Researchers used New York City as a case study because it has switched between different color-coding systems and is known to have several 'navigational hazards'.

'The New York City subway has one of the most complex service patterns in the world, and is currently undergoing re-evaluation and development of its information delivery,' the study noted.

They recruited almost 300 participants and randomly paired them with a type of color-coded map.
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Typical British thinking.

Ever try to work your way thru a London Underground map? At least the NYC map has some sense of geography (even if some of it is a bit skewed).
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Re: Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

Postby GojiMet86 » Fri May 18, 2018 7:17 pm

I have a problem with the description of the subway having the most complex patterns.

I know that each line on the London Underground has various terminals that tended to be used, and there are many combinations of a single line, especially if there are multiple branches.
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Re: Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

Postby MACTRAXX » Fri May 18, 2018 11:57 pm

Everyone:

I never found the NYC Subway maps to be confusing at all even with the variety of changes and
map types since the 1960s describing the recent era.

I found the London Underground map to be somewhat more complicated noting the line names
and multiple colors that are used to designate each route.

What I would like to see - and never have - is a geographically correct map - track of otherwise -
of the London Underground to show how elaborate or complicated their system is in comparison
to NYC Transit's routes.

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Re: Why New York's subway map is SO confusing

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