GEMS (March 7, 2020)
Speaker: Adolfo Rumbos, Pomona College

Topic: The Mathematics of Reapportionment and Census Data


Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau conducts a count of all persons living in the United States; one of those population counts will be carried out this year (2020). This Census is mandated by the US Constitution; it counts all people residing in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The data collected from the Census are used to make sure that everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. For instance, Census counts are used to determine how many congressional seats a state receives. This is known as reapportionment. In this workshop we explore the Mathematics of reapportionment. If time permits, we also explore how statistical sampling can be used to estimate population sizes.

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