The Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by NCTM or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Math Topics » geometry.college

Topic: Characterize difference: arbitrary polygon vs square, as a float
Replies: 0  

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List  
Colin Pittendrigh

Posts: 2
From: montana
Registered: 10/8/17
Characterize difference: arbitrary polygon vs square, as a float
Posted: Oct 8, 2017 9:14 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

Is it possible to (somehow, someway) characterize the difference between an arbitrary polygon from square as a floating point number?

In other words a regularly sided hexagon would be closer to square than a 20 sided polygon with random length sides where some sides are short and some are long, so the hexagon's "difference from square" number would be closer to zero than the 20 sided polygon's "difference from square" number.

If such a number were possible it might be a useful tool in limiting the shapes of voting districts in Gerrymandering disputes.



Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© The Math Forum at NCTM 1994-2017. All Rights Reserved.