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Redistricting Math: Using Computers to Stop Gerrymandering

Dara Gold

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Redistricting Math: Using Computers to Stop Gerrymandering
In the last several years, mathematicians and computer scientists have become increasingly involved in the fight against gerrymandering. In particular, they have been using sampling algorithms to generate large collections of district maps, against which to compare a challenged map. If the challenged map is an outlier across several metrics that may be evidence of an unconstitutional gerrymander. These methods have been used in gerrymandering litigation and are expected to play an even bigger part in redistricting lawsuits after the release of the decennial census data next year. In this talk we will look at the basics of some map-sampling techniques as well as the data required for the analysis. We'll also discuss the biggest challenges to data collection and processing in redistricting work.

This webinar is part of the 2020 ICPSR Data Fair, "Data in Real Life." More information about the Data Fair can be found at http://myumi.ch/ICPSRdatafair2020. Please note that all attendees for this session must be registered for the ICPSR Data Fair
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Redistricting Math: Using Computers to Stop Gerrymandering
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