Category Archives: Math in the “Real World”

Math in Elections Part 7 — The Complexity of Declaring a Victor.

Alright, folks.  Today’s the day.  Today the country votes on who will represent us in government.  But more importantly for the news organizations, today is the day when they get to hype the heck out of every exit poll, every … Continue reading

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Math in Elections Part 5 — There are Alternatives!

“There have been 45 presidential elections since 1828. In at least five, the race went to the second-most-popular candidate because of a spoiler. That’s an 11 percent rate of catastrophic failure. Were the plurality vote a car or an airliner, … Continue reading

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Math in Elections Part 4 — Democracy and The Electoral College?

So far in this series we have seen why the Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem implies that the primaries are unfair. I had said that I was going to talk about alternative voting systems today. But I changed my mind. I’ll instead do … Continue reading

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Math in Elections Part 3 — Delegates, Conventions and Kings.

Last time we talked about some problems with the primaries.  I wanted to mention one issue that can arise at the very end of the primary process because of a seemingly odd combination of convention rules.  The problem presents itself … Continue reading

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Math in Elections Part 2 — A Primary Example.

What’s wrong with our current system?  Well, a lot. But before I get you all depressed, I will mention one thing that our system theoretically does have going for it. In the last post we mentioned how the Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem … Continue reading

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Math in Elections Part 1 — Every Voting System is Flawed.

Hi everyone!  Are you feeling a little tired of the same-old political discussions?  Wishing there could be more math involved?  If so, I’ve got a blog series for you! In light of the upcoming elections, I thought it’d be a … Continue reading

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“Math” in Advertising – Getting Attention with Trivial Statements

Oftentimes people say things.  Sometimes those things have a mathematical meaning.  Occasionally the math means things that they don’t intend.  Below are some examples of times when claims are made inside of an advertisement which really do not quite mean … Continue reading

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