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Join us for a series of talk on Tuesday May 8, 2018 at 12pm. This talk will be given by Professor Wesley Pegden (Carnegie Mellon University, Math department) held at NYU, Center for Data Science, 60 Fifth Ave, Room 150.


“Detecting Gerrymandering with Mathematical Rigor”


In February of this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found Pennsylvania’s Congressional districting to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.  In this talk, I will discuss one of the pieces of evidence which the court used to reach this conclusion.  In particular, I will discuss a theorem which allows us to use randomness to detect gerrymandering of Congressional districtings in a statistically rigorous way.

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