Problem of Scoring Gerrymandering
Arts and Sciences
Gerrymandering is the act of redrawing district lines to advantage or disadvantage a group of voters. Districts that resemble a circle, the most compact shape, are said to be less gerrymandered. We have created a multivariable model that compares four compactness scores for the State Senate districts in the United States. It is often assumed that districts with coastlines have the disadvantage of receiving a low compactness score. Our statistical analysis gives evidence against that claim.
Schnoor, Austin, "Problem of Scoring Gerrymandering" (2019). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 781.