DIMACS Mini-Workshop on Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Elections

June 18, 1999
DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Bruno Simeone , La Sapienza University and DIMACS, bruno@rutcor.rutgers.edu
Presented under the auspices of the Special Year on Large Scale Discrete Optimization.

In recent years, the debate on electoral reform has been very lively both in newborn and old democracies. Although the choice of an appropriate electoral system is affected by political and social factors, and as such it certainly belongs to the domain of social sciences, it is also evident that the formal aspects and procedures of voting naturally call for the use of quantitative methods for the analysis and design of such systems.

Several quantitative approaches have been developed, such as axiomatics (in the more general context of social choice theory), game-theory, geometry, optimization, and discrete algorithms. The workshop aims to discuss and compare these approaches and to pinpoint or foresee connections between them. The speakers are well recognized for their own contributions to these different areas, and altogether they will offer a comprehensive and broad view of quantitative methods for electoral systems.

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