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Math and Statistics Lecture Series: Apportionment and Gerrymandering

Apportionment and Gerrymandering by Emille Lawrence, University of San Francisco

The United States Census Bureau will conduct its next census in the year 2020, but why is this decennial count so important? We will look at several different methods of apportionment that have been used over the years and some of the paradoxes that can arise therefrom. We will also discuss gerrymandering (the redrawing of district lines for ulterior motives) and some different measures for a district’s “compactness”.

Enjoy tea and cookies at the Math and Statistics Lecture Series every Wednesday at 4PM.