STEAM Factory member and Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Dustin Mixon was featured in an article by Forbes on Nov. 3.
Mixon co-authored and published an article on arXiv.org titled “An Impossibility theorem for gerrymandering”, alongside Borix Alexeev. This paper discusses a method being proposed to the Supreme Court that focuses on the efficiency gap, and how the use of this method may require districts to be oddly-shaped. The efficiency gap has to do with the number of “wasted votes” in each district, and attempts to ensure the districts are remaining bi-partisan. However, Mixon and Alexeev discuss that in order for the efficiency gap to be as effective as possible, the districts would end up being oddly shaped.