Subhodip Biswas, Fanglan Chen, Zhiqian Chen, Andreea Sistrunk, Nathan Self, Naren Ramakrishnan

Abstract

Due to constant shifts in population and changing demographics, school boundary processes take place to make adjustments to school attendance zones. This spatial problem has multiple criteria like locations of schools, their capacity utilization, proximity, presence of geographical/ man-made barriers, etc. In this paper, we formulate the problem of designing school boundaries as a spatially-constrained clustering/ regionalization problem and propose an automated approach called REGAL for solving it. REGAL is two-stage framework that starts by creating a candidate solution with regard to domain constraints such as school locations and spatial contiguity. Then a local search method improves the quality of the candidate solution by optimizing population balance and compactness of school zones while satisfying problem constraints. Experimentally, we demonstrate the efficacy of the REGAL framework on actual datasets from two school districts in the US.

Subhodip Biswas, Fanglan Chen, Zhiqian Chen, Andreea Sistrunk, Nathan Self, Chang-Tien Lu, Naren Ramakrishnan: REGAL: A Regionalization framework for school boundaries. SIGSPATIAL/GIS 2019: 544-547

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Subhodip Biswas


Naren Ramakrishnan


Andreea Sistrunk


Nathan Self


Fanglan Chen


Publication Details

Date of publication:
November 5, 2019
Conference:
GIS: Geographic Information Systems
Page number(s):
544-547