Colloquium – Thomas Weighill

Thomas Weighill



Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Petty 219
Reception: Petty 116 at 3:30pm prior to event.

Presented by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and the Office of Research and Engagement

Abstract: How can math and statistics help us defend democracy? One way is by helping us draw fair districts so that voters can choose their representatives and not the other way around. When districts are drawn to serve an agenda rather than to best represent the voters, we call it gerrymandering. Over the last few years, the math of gerrymandering has become a rapidly growing field involving many different areas working together to solve complex problems. I give a quick introduction to gerrymandering and then talk about ways that math can help us tackle this problem.