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Rubber bands, pulleys, and decisiveness in the theory of voting

by

Bill Zwicker, Ronghua Dai, Ari Morse
Union College and Skidmore College

May 12, 2008
4:15 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served at 4:00 in Bailey 207


Abstract:

Suppose we wish to compare several voting rules in order to decide which is “best.” We might consider criteria such as:

Decisiveness has been relatively understudied. We argue that it is an important property in its own right, and it is also crucial to consider the effect of decisiveness on attempts to measure manipulability. This summer Dai and Morse studied the decisiveness of two closely related voting rules, one based on the mean, and the other on the median. What does any of this have to do with pulleys or rubber bands? You’ll find out if you come to the talk . . .


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