Fair and Economical Redistricting through Mathematical Optimization Now Possible

August 02, 2021

Harrington Park, NJ
Optimization Direct and Encore Data announced today that, due to advances in software technology, political redistricting can now be completed quickly, fairly and economically through mathematical optimization.

Optimization is a mathematical methodology that achieves the best possible solution for a problem with multiple parameters. Until now, optimization has not been a feasible redistricting method, as no viable software or modeling solution existed that was able to properly analyze hundreds of millions of potential redistricting plans to come up with a single ideal result. Optimization Direct’s ODH|CPLEX 6.0.3 software and advanced modeling techniques have made completely fair redistricting possible.

Now any state can now create compact and contiguous districts of equal population that comply with all Federal laws and can do so more quickly and at a much lower cost than was previously thought possible. "It is a privilege to be able to use mathematics and optimization in the service of democracy” said Robert Ashford of Optimization Direct.


Redistricting Michigan proposal - Encore Data and Optimization Direct [pdf]

Redistricting Whitepaper - Encore Data [pdf]

For more information, contact Alkis Vazacopoulos by email at: alkis@optimizationdirect.com or by phone at 201-256-7323, or Ann Stephens by email at astephens@encore-data.com or by phone at 703-471-2189.



About Encore Data

Encore Data founded by Ann Stephens, is a technology consulting firm based in Reston, Virginia.

About Optimization Direct

Optimization Direct Inc.is a mathematical optimization firm co-founded by Alkis Vazacopoulos and Robert Ashford, who are pioneers in the field.

For more information about Optimization Direct contact:
Dr. Alkis Vazacopoulos