Science and Culture: Math Tools Send Legislators Back to the Drawing Board
Jul 5, 2018
Data+, Gerrymandering, Social Sciences
A team of students led by Professors Jonathan Mattingly and Gregory Herschlag will investigate gerrymandering in political districting plans. Students will improve on and employ an algorithm to sample the space of compliant redistricting plans for both state and federal districts. The output of the algorithm will be used to detect gerrymandering for a...
Sophie Guo, Math/PoliSci major, Bridget Dou, ECE/CompSci major, Sachet Bangia, Econ/CompSci major, and Christy Vaughn spent ten weeks studying different procedures for drawing congressional boundaries, and quantifying the effects of these procedures on the fairness of actual election results. Project Results There has already been research done with North Carolina districts, described in http://today.duke.edu/2014/10/mathofredistricting. There, Jonathan...