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de Leeuw Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: Jonathan Mattingly (Duke University)

Quantifying Gerrymandering: a mathematician goes to court

In October 2017, I found myself testifying for hours in a federal court.  I had not been arrested.  Rather, I was attempting to quantify gerrymandering using analysis which grew from asking whether a surprising 2012 election was indeed surprising.  It hinged on probing the geopolitical structure of North Carolina using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm.  I will start at the beginning and describe the mathematical ideas involved in our analysis.  The talk will be accessible to undergraduates.  In fact, this project began as a sequence of undergraduate research projects and undergraduates continue to be involved to this day.

 

 

 

                              

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de Leeuw Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: Jonathan Mattingly (Duke University)
Jonathan Mattingly
March 8, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

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200-002
Stanford University Department of Mathematics
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