[EM] WSJ Gerrymander story

Narins, Josh josh.narins at lehman.com
Mon Mar 18 16:22:17 PST 2002

A more reasonable measure might be, rather than convexity, compactness.

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From: Forest Simmons [mailto:fsimmons at pcc.edu]
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 7:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [EM] WSJ Gerrymander story

One solution would be to require all districts to be as convex as possible
while respecting state boundaries.

This brings up the question of how do we measure deviation from convexity?

It could be the difference in the area of the convex hull of the region
and the area of the region, or it could be the difference in the number of
voters in the convex hull of the region and the number of voters in the
region itself. Of course, there are other measures of deviation, too.


On Sun, 17 Mar 2002 DEMOREP1 at aol.com wrote:

> D- A story from reality land----
> -------
> Wall Street Journal
> Red-Light District
> It's time to draw the line on gerrymandering.

<big snip>

> Two hundred fifteen years later, incumbents are using high-powered
> computers to create lifetime sinecures for themselves.  That kind of
> privilege and protection is certainly not what the Founding Fathers had
> in mind when they overthrew a monarchy to form a republic.

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