Department of Mathematics

Prof. Dr. Peter Gritzmann (TU München): "Diagrams and Democracy: Electoral District Design via Constrained Clustering"

Oct 23, 2018 from 04:15 PM to 05:15 PM

LMS 4 - Raum 424 - Kleiner Hörsaal


We study the electoral district design problem where municipalities of a state have to be grouped into districts of nearly equal population while obeying certain politically motivated requirements. We develop a general framework for electoral district design that is based on the close connection of constrained geometric clustering and diagrams. The approach is computationally efficient and flexible enough to pursue various conflicting juridical demands for the shape of the districts. We demonstrate the practicability of our methodology for electoral districting in Germany (and for other applications).

(Joint work with A. Brieden and F. Klemm)



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