SIAM Student Chapter Seminar

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  • When: Every other Friday at 1:30 pm
  • Where: B333 Van Vleck Hall
  • Organizers: Xiao Shen
  • Faculty advisers: Jean-Luc Thiffeault, Steve Wright
  • To join the SIAM Chapter mailing list: email [join-siam-chapter@lists.wisc.edu].


Spring 2020

date speaker title
Sept. 27, Oct. 4 Lorenzo Najt (Math) Ensemble methods for measuring gerrymandering: Algorithmic problems and inferential challenges

Abstracts

Jan 31, Lorenzo Najt (Math)

Ensemble methods for measuring gerrymandering: Algorithmic problems and inferential challenges

We will review some recent work regarding measuring gerrymandering by sampling from the space of maps, including two methods used in a recent amicus brief to the supreme court. This discussion will highlight some of the computational challenges of this approach, including some complexity-theory lower bounds and bottlenecks in Markov chains. We will examine the robustness of these statistical methods through their connection to phase transitions in the self-avoiding walk model, as well as their dependence on artifacts of discretization. This talk is largely based on https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.08881


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