Title

Problem of Scoring Gerrymandering

Faculty Sponsor

Mindy Capaldi

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Mathematics

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 2019

Abstract

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.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Austin Schnoor: Austin is a Sophomore Mathematics and Secondary Education double major from Pearl City, IL. On campus, he is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Junta Callahan: Junta is a Sophomore Mathematics major from Okinawa, Japan. On campus, he is a member the men’s Soccer Team.

Jonathon Metcalfe: Jon is a Statistics and Economics double major with interests in pursuing a PhD program in both fields. He enjoys assisting with research projects as a way of both exploring and developing his skills in these fields.

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