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Voting with Rubber Bands and Pulleys

by

William Zwicker
Union College

October 4, 2004
5:30 pm
Wold House

Pizza and drinks will be served.


Abstract:

Believe it or not, many of the voting systems considered by leading theorists use rubber bands to compute the final winner.
  • How can this be so?
  • What does this fact tell us about voting systems?
  • How do dishonest voters use their rubber bands to stretch the truth?
  • What happens if we replace rubber bands with strings, weights, and pulleys?

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