Room 202a, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Age Level

14-18 18+
11:30 am - 12:15 pm

The Mathematics of Social Choice

This talk will explore the paradoxes and possibilities of the mathematics of voting, which seeks to answer, among other questions: If more than two candidates run for office, by what procedure should the winner be chosen to most equitably reflect voter intent? We’ll explore a famous impossibility theorem of Arrow and put the theory into practice by considering the effects various algorithms would have had on real federal, state, and local elections around the country.

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This presentation will be repeated from 3:15-4:00pm.

Presented by:

Dr. Emily Riehl

Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Emily Riehl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her research, supported by the National Science Foundation, is on “abstract nonsense”…

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