Other Measures

Redistricting is problem with many, many dimensions. This vignette introduces some useful measures related to redistricting, but with smaller categories. See the vignette “Using redistmetrics” for the bare-bones of the package.

We first load the redistmetrics package and data from New Hampshire. For any function, the shp argument can be swapped out for your data, rvote and dvote for any two party votes, pop_black for any group population, pop for the total population, and the plans argument can be swapped out for your redistricting plans (be it a single plan, a matrix of plans, or a redist_plans object).



Talismanic Compactness

This is a measure which offers a balance between competitiveness across the state and competitiveness within individual districts.

Formally, this can be written as:

\[\textrm{Talismanic Competitiveness} = T_p (1 + \alpha T_e)\beta\]


\[ T_p = \frac{1}{n_d} * \sum_{k=1}^{n_\textrm{dists}} \big|\frac12 - \textrm{voteshare}_D\big|\] \[ T_e = |\frac{n_\textrm{dists} - Seats_D}{n_\textrm{dists}}-\frac12| \]

Talismanic Compactness can be computed with

compet_talisman(plans = nh$r_2020, shp = nh, rvote = nrv, dvote = ndv)
#> [1] 0.04953732 0.04953732

where nrv and ndv are averages of votes. (In general, you want to compute these scores over many elections and average them.)



Dissimilarity describes how similar the demographic proportions in districts are to the total state population’s demographics.

Formally, this can be written as:

\[ \textrm{Dissimilarity} = \sum_{i = 1}^{n_\textrm{dists}} \frac{(t_d |g_d - G|)}{2T*G(1 - G)}\]

for a group population proportion in district \(d\), \(g_d\), total population in district \(d\), \(t_d\), a group population proportion in a state \(G\), and total population in the state \(T\).

Dissimilarity can be computed with:

seg_dissim(plans = nh$r_2020, shp = nh, group_pop = pop_black, total_pop = pop)
#> [1] 0.0273714 0.0273714


Incumbent Pairings

We compute incumbent pairings as the number of incumbents who are placed into a district with other incumbents beyond those allowed. Formally, this is:

\[\textrm{Inc. Pairs} = \sum_{d = 1}^{\textrm{ndists}}\max(0, ~n^{(d)}_{inc} - 1)\]

We do not have incumbent data included for New Hampshire. As such, we create fake incumbent data.

fake_inc <- rep(FALSE, nrow(nh))
fake_inc[c(1, 2)] <- TRUE

This would indicate that there are only incumbents in the first two rows of the data.

Incumbent pairings can be computed with:

inc_pairs(plans = nh$r_2020, shp = nh, inc = fake_inc)
#> [1] 1 1