Caliper Mapping and Transportation Glossary

DEFINITION

What is Compactness?

Compactness is having the minimum distance between all the parts of a constituency (a circle, square, or a hexagon are examples of very compact district). Various methods have been developed to measure compactness and in redistricting, a district that is not compact may be considered gerrymandered.

What are measures of compactness/measures of compactness definition

Using Maptitude for Redistricting to Measure Compactness

Maptitude for Redistricting is the professional tool for political redistricting. It is used by a supermajority of the state legislatures, political parties, and public interest groups. Maptitude for Redistricting computes nine measures of compactness.

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