Monday, February 20, 2012

Redistricting: The Shortest Splitline Method


Doesn't solve all relevant problems...but cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took a look at this, and there is a problem: the method tends to systematically break up high density areas, that is cities. This looks a lot like the "cracking" method Gerrymanderers use to reduce representation for groups they don't like. Since rural areas are left mostly in continuous districts, I suspect the method could result in under representing cities, which as we all know skew left.

I doubt this is deliberate, but it's still a concern.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I was actually worried about something related--that is, that this method might break up majority minority districts too much, though I don't understand the details, don't know about "cracking" etc.

Thanks for this.

10:57 PM  

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