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Glory, Glory, Pareidolia: A Method for Addressing Gerrymandering through Topological rather than Geometric Means
December 3, 2019 @ 12:01 pm - 1:00 pm| Free
Are you interested in how the Congressional gerrymandering crisis might be addressed? If so, join us at a presentation on pioneering work being accomplished by University of Maine System researchers to guide State legislatures and the courts toward far more defensible redistricting results.
Matthew Dube, assistant professor at the University of Maine at Augusta and a University of Maine alumnus, will give the presentation.
Abstract: With the 2020 Census on the horizon, the United States is about to embark upon the latest round of redistricting, a paramount process in a republic such as ours. Numerous ways have been suggested to address the intentional drawing of districts for a specific interest, a phenomenon known as gerrymandering. This talk details a pioneering type of method to simulate plausible representative districts, based in Tobler’s First Law of Geography and graph algorithms from computer science. An analysis of our current Congressional districts will be presented, as well as a discussion of opportunities for projects you could get involved with in this particular area computationally.