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Author Helbig, Robert E. ♦ Orr, Patrick K. ♦ Roediger, Robert R.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword Legislative districts ♦ Equal population ♦ Reapportionment ♦ Compactness ♦ Population units ♦ Political redistricting ♦ Contiguity ♦ Transportation algorithm
Abstract The problems of political redistricting are considered and a computer method for redistricting is presented. Criteria for acceptable redistricting are discussed, including population equality, compactness, contiguity, and preservation of natural and/or political boundaries. Only nonpartisan criteria are considered. Using 1970 Bureau of Census population data, specific results are given for the ten Congressional Districts in the state of Missouri and for the seven St. Louis County Council seats. Results from the use of the algorithm indicate the feasibility of political redistricting with the aid of a computer.
Description Affiliation: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (Helbig, Robert E.; Orr, Patrick K.; Roediger, Robert R.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 8
Page Count 7
Starting Page 735
Ending Page 741


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Source: ACM Digital Library