Preventing gerrymandering with convexity

I was just reading this from slate.com about gerrymandering, and it struck me that you could, in some sense, prevent egregious gerrymandering by measuring the convexity of the shape of the district and not allowing districts that are extremely non-convex.  Apparently,  others have also thought of this there are several papers on the topic including “Gerrymandering and Convexity” and “Can Compactness constrain the Gerrymander?“.

Cheers.

Posted on December 16, 2011, in Politics. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Gerrymandering explained with jungle animals:

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