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Randomization and Disposal of a Prize

by

Andrew Mackenzie
Union College Alumni and Graduate Student at University of Rochester

February 4, 2014
5:00 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 at 4:45 pm


Abstract:

We're asked to inform the public by awarding a prize to an expert. For example, the prize might be an interview on TV, or maybe it's funding for a website. The problem is we don't know which expert to choose! Fortunately, each expert has an informed opinion about which of his colleagues would be the best choice, so our plan is to gather and use these opinions - provided we're confident that nobody has strategically deceived us. Is this possible? Can we do this while protecting voter privacy? If the opinions form a consensus about who should win (or who shouldn't), can we be sure to follow it? And if there are any problems, could we address them by awarding the prize randomly, or by sometimes refusing to award the prize at all?


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