Quantitative Redistricting

** Deadline for registration is September 19, 2018 **

Location:
This workshop will take place at Gross Hall on the campus of Duke University.

Description:

There is no question that both Democrats and Republicans have used their legislative authority to redraw voting districts in ways favorable to their own parties whenever they are in power. This is called gerrymandering, and it has been the subject of a number of recent court challenges. From a mathematical standpoint, the novelty is that the methodology for crafting politically advantageous districts has recently become quite sophisticated. This workshop reviews the technical foundations for creating districts that optimize various criteria. It also addresses the methodology, especially Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques, for quantifying the extent to which gerrymandering puts a thumb on the scales of elections.


Organizers:

Questions: email gerry@samsi.info