Event Detail

Event Type: 
Applied Mathematics and Computation Seminar
Date/Time: 
Friday, October 11, 2013 - 05:00
Location: 
GLK 115

Speaker Info

Institution: 
Consulting Services
Abstract: 

Echoing what had been noticed since the birth of democracy, Prof. Donald Saari of University of California, Irvine, observed that “the winner of an election may more accurately reflect the choice of a decision procedure rather than the views or preferences of the voters.” Saari used rigorous mathematics to establish the unique superiority of the Borda Count among all positional voting schemes. In this talk, we present a non-technical introduction to voting theory that requires only the most basic mathematics, discuss the basis for recommending the Borda Count for decision making, and illustrate its use in general elections, wine tasting, and engineering trade studies.