Problem of Scoring Gerrymandering

Faculty Sponsor

Mindy Capaldi


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 2019


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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