Title: A Sampler of the Mathematics of Voting and Choice
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Location: Hyde 318
Time: 4:00-5:00PM (Pizza at 3:30PM in Hyde 349)
Speaker: Dr. Karl-Dieter Crisman (Gordon College)
Abstract: We all know that there is some math when we hold elections – we have to add up the votes! But isn’t that it? It turns out that there is mathematics at every turn when we choose things. We could be:
- Deciding how to divide the rent in an apartment with unequal rooms.
- Deciding which states get more representatives in Congress.
- Choosing winners in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.
In all these situations (and many more), logical thinking and basic mathematics play a big role in:
- Unmasking spoiler candidates.
- Preventing (or encouraging!) gerrymandering to protect incumbents.
- Negotiating the perfect price for that closet-sized bedroom your friend is willing to take.
This talk will be a sampler of these topics, touching on a wide range of connections between mathematics and choice at an elementary level.