Measuring Legislative Boundaries

12 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2010 Last revised: 11 Jun 2013

See all articles by Christopher P. Chambers

Christopher P. Chambers

Georgetown University - Department of Economics

Alan D. Miller

Faculty of Law, Western University

Date Written: November 17, 2010

Abstract

We introduce the first family of district compactness measures that can incorporate a wide range of internal geographic features. The measures in this family are the probability that a district contains an admissible path between a randomly selected pair of people. The measure can account for roads, travel time, political boundaries, and prior districts. This family of measures includes the path-based measure of Chambers and Miller (2010).

Keywords: Compactness, Boundaries, Path-Based Measure, Elections, Gerrymandering, Cores of Prior Districts

JEL Classification: D72, K00, K19

Suggested Citation

Chambers, Christopher P. and Miller, Alan D., Measuring Legislative Boundaries (November 17, 2010). Mathematical Social Sciences, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1694047 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1694047

Christopher P. Chambers

Georgetown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Alan D. Miller (Contact Author)

Faculty of Law, Western University ( email )

1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario N6A3K7
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://alandmiller.com

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