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  •  I have no problem with multi-member districts (3+ / 0-)
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    sawolf, lgmcp, highacidity

    ...or proportional representation.

    Hmm... So people have really tried and failed at making a redistributing algorithm. I generally underestimate the complexity of these type of things, but I would not have thought that this problem would be so difficult that it would not have been solved if people gave it a shot.

    My curiosity is peaked enough that I'll that I might take a look at solving it. At the very least I'd find out what the major hurdles are. If the algorithm proves too difficult, I can see breaking the problem down into smaller pieces, and then using Amazon's Mechanical Turk to dole out those pieces to many different people to solve. You'd then pick the solutions that the most people selected, and build the districts from them.

    •  straightforward greedy algorithm should do it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Wikipedia: Greedy algorithm

      As long as what you're trying to preserve is actually represented in the data, start with the biggest and clump together from there.  Round it out by forcing city/county/township lines to be the boundaries.

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      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 08:09:39 PM PST

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