Category Archives: Uncategorized

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

Posted in Math in Elections, Math in the "Real World", Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Math in Elections, Math in the "Real World", Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Happy Birthday, Hotovy!

On this day a few centuries ago, Whateversuitsyourboat’s very own ([Raspy] Ryan) Hotovy was born! Now, a few millennia later, Hotovy is engaged, pursuing his PhD in mathematics at Texas A&M, and presumably getting better at taking cross products! Happy … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello blog visitors. As you know, today is the day that the world’s largest websites like Reddit, this blog, and Wikipedia shut out the world’s access to information in protest to the proposed SOPA and PIPA bills in the US … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Difficult undergrad proofs

Dear all: The other day I was reflecting on what material we covered in our undergrad courses, and I wondered what the most difficult proof we encountered in courses there was. Of course, we should keep in mind that every … Continue reading

Aside | Posted on by | 9 Comments

RT Part 5; Intro to RT on the Naturals

We have talked about Ramsey theory on graphs.  But what other structures can we do Ramsey theory on?  Well, how about numbers?  Remember that the basic idea behind Ramsey theory is to try to guarantee the existence of some sort … Continue reading

Posted in Combinatorics, Ramsey Theory, Uncategorized | Leave a comment