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A discrete districting plan

created by saracco on 21 Dec 2018

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Inserted: 21 dec 2018
Last Updated: 21 dec 2018

Pages: 15
Year: 2018

ArXiv: 1812.05047 PDF

Abstract:

The outcome of elections is strongly dependent on the districting choices, making thus possible (and frequent) the gerrymandering phenomenon, i.e.\ politicians suitably changing the shape of electoral districts in order to win the forthcoming elections. While so far the problem has been treated using continuous analysis tools, it has been recently pointed out that a more reality-adherent model would use the discrete geometry of graphs or network. Here we propose a parameter-dependent discrete model for choosing an ``optimal'' districting plan. We analyze several properties of the model and lay foundations for further analysis on the subject.

Keywords: Graphs, isoperimetric problem, networks, discrete geometry, gerrymandering


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