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Computer Use and Compactness in Congressional and Legislative Redistricting 1990-2000

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Altman, Micah (Harvard University)
  • MacDonald, Karin (University of California-Berkeley)
  • McDonald, Michael (George Mason University)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
computer use; congressional districts; redistricting
  • Abstract

    In order to study the use of computers in redistricting, in the fall of 2004 we surveyed redistricting authorities in all fifty states concerning their use of computers in the 1990 and 2000 rounds of redistricting. This dataset supplements our replication dataset for "Crayons to Computers," and adds the following variables: Four variables representing the capabilities of the computer system used: soft_geographic_reports, soft_tabulation, soft_automated_redistricting, and soft_thematic_mapping; Two measures of plan compactness: compact_reock, compact_pa; One measure of competitiveness: competitiveness; Number of districts: number_districts;
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990 / 2000
    Time period: 1990--2000
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • File submitted is which contain data and a codebook.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1317 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01317.v1
  • Altman, Micah, MacDonald, Karin, McDonald, Michael P.. From crayons to computers: The evolution of computer use in redistricting. Social Science Computer Review. 23, (3), 334-346.2005.
    • ID: 10.1177/0894439305275855 (DOI)
  • Altman, Micah, MacDonald, Karin, McDonald, Michael P.. Pushbutton Gerrymanders? How computing has changed redistricting. Party Lines: Competition, Partisanship, and Congressional Redistricting.Washington, DC: Brookings Institution. 2005.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Altman, Micah; MacDonald, Karin; McDonald, Michael (2005): Computer Use and Compactness in Congressional and Legislative Redistricting 1990-2000. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.