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AGRS Research Seminar Series: AGRS and Applications to Democracy February 10, 2022 (03:30 PM PST - 04:30 PM PST)
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Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium, Online/Virtual
Speaker(s) Moon Duchin (Tufts University)
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In this talk I'll pitch some open problems that I think could be of interest to members of both the AGRS and COMD programs, and I'll spend a significant share of the time talking about a mathematically beautiful problem that is all over U.S. democracy reform debates at the moment. 

Namely: sampling balanced, connected graph partitions—otherwise known as redistricting.  I'll focus on Markov chain approaches, explain why classical (Ising-style) statistical physics models hit obstructions, and give some state-of-the-art alternatives. This stuff is in front of the Supreme Court literally right now, with major implications for

partisan and racial fairness in American elections.

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