The I. A. and Fannie R. Barnett Lecture Series

Dr. Moon Duchin

Associate Professor, Tufts University

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Friday October 26th, 2018 500 Swift Hall, 4:15-5:15 pm

Reception 3 -3:45 pm, Rm 4118 French Hall (Faculty Lounge)

 

Shapes, Numbers, and Political Fairness

We used to think we could tell a gerrymander by the ugly shapes of its districts, or by one party getting far more seats than its proportional share of the votes. But if mathematicians have one big contribution to make to the redistricting conversation, it's that neither of those is a very reliable guide to understanding when the people drawing the lines have used their authority to entrench their own advantage. I'll explain some new approaches to understanding the landscape of possible ways to cut up a state like Ohio, focusing on redistricting reform for the era of algorithms.

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