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Thursday, April 12 • 11:20am - 11:35am
A Modified K-Means Clustering Approach to Redrawing US Congressional Districts

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Partisan gerrymandering threatens to undermine our democracy. It allows a political party in power to redraw district lines to its electoral advantage, making elections less competitive and less reflective of the will of the public. Most, including the US Supreme Court, agree that gerrymandering is an issue — but they stumble when asked to specify a more just policy for exactly how these lines should be drawn. How do you define an objective measure of political fairness?

Just as algorithms have made gerrymandering easier to implement and more widespread than ever, they can be used to reverse it. With congressional district lines set to be redrawn following the 2020 Census, this is the time to tackle this issue head on.

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Jack Prominski

Master's Student, UVA Data Science Institute
Jack Prominski is a Master’s Student in Data Science at the UVA Data Science Institute. His research centers around applying NLP techniques to scientific journal articles as part of a capstone project for the Public Library of Science. Prior to graduate school, Jack worked in e-commerce... Read More →

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Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and service to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. 
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S&P Global

S&P Global Inc. (prior to April 2016 McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., and prior to 2013 McGraw Hill Companies) is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 11:20am - 11:35am EDT
Violet Crown - Theater 4