Project Archive

Martin Guo (MIDS), Dani Trejo (CS), James Wang (CS/Math), and Grayson York (Math/CS) spent ten weeks building tools to understand voting patterns and gerrymandering of districts in North Carolina. They used dimension reduction techniques to cluster different elections into common groups, and they tested various methods for generating synthetic elections for comparison.

 

View the team's project poster here

Watch the team's final project presentation on Zoom:

 

This project is part of an ongoing set of projects by the sponsoring faculty around Voting, Gerrymandering and Democracy. See their blog ( https://sites.duke.edu/quantifyinggerrymandering/) for more information and projects from previous years of Data+ and Bass Connections.


Project Leads: Greg Herschlag, Jonathan Mattingly

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 given district plan; this data will be used to analyze and study the efficacy of the idea of partisan symmetry.  This work will continue the Quantifying Gerrymandering project, seeking to understand the space of redistricting plans and to find justiciable methods to detect gerrymandering. The ideal team has a mixture of members with programing backgrounds (C, Java, Python), statistical experience including possibly R, mathematical and algorithmic experience, and exposure to political science or other social science fields.

Read the latest updates about this ongoing project by visiting Dr. Mattingly's Gerrymandering blog.

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.