Has Polarization in the Senate Grown?
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There is reporting far and wide on all sides of the political spectrum that there is a rise in polarization in the nation and our politicians. The study by Andris et. al. proved this for the House of Representatives. Their analysis leaves the question still mathematically open for the Senate. We will investigate if the polarization and partisanship has grown from 1989 to 2016. This will be examined by using a weighted adjacency matrix to model a relationship between Senators through roll call votes.