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Wednesday 

Friday 


1/22 
Snow day. Really. 
1/24 
Welcome to Voting Theory 
1/27 
Yes/No voting systems
RA: Felsenthal & Machover, Preface, Sections 1.1 and 1.2
Bio info @ onCourse due

1/29 
The Penrose measure and Banzhaf index
RA: Felsenthal & Machover, reread Sections 1.1 and 1.2

1/31 
Other considerations in Yes/No systems
RA: Felsenthal & Machover, Section 1.3

2/3 
Paradoxes of power indices
RA: Jones, pp 103108

2/5 
The geometry of paradoxes
RA: Jones, pp 109115

2/7 
Creating paradoxical examples
RA: Jones, reread the entire paper
HW #1 due in class

2/10 
Twotiered voting systems
RA: Felsenthal & Machover, Section 2.1

2/12 
Equitability in twotiered systems
RA: Felsenthal & Machover, Section 2.2

2/14 
Majoritarianism in twotiered systems
RA: Felsenthal & Machover, Section 2.3
HW #2 due in class

2/17 
Apportionment methods of Hamilton and Jefferson
RA: Balinski & Young, Chaps 13

2/19 
Apportionment paradoxes
RA: Balinski & Young, Chaps 45

2/21 
Quota methods and divisor methods
RA: Balinski & Young, Chaps 67
Title for Book Review due

2/24 
Apportionment methods of Dean and Hill
RA: Balinski & Young, review Chap 7

2/26 
Evaluating the apportionment methods
RA: Balinski & Young, Chaps 810

2/28 
More on evaluating the apportionment methods
RA: Balinski & Young, reread Chaps 810
HW #3 due in class

3/3 
Exam 1 @ 6:30 pm 
3/5 
Proportional representation
RA: Balinski & Young, Chaps 1112

3/7 
No class. Will be rescheduled for after Spring Break.

3/10 
Spring Break 
3/12 
Spring Break 
3/14 
Spring Break 
3/17 
PR in South Afria
RA: Watch screencast posted at onCourse

3/19 
Drawing district boundaries and gerrymandering
RA: See links at onCourse
Progress report on Book Review due

3/21 
Elections with three candidates

3/24 
TBA

3/26 
The representation triangle

3/28 
The procedure line
HW #4 due in class

3/31 
A fundamental decomposition of R^{6}

4/2 
Decomposing voting profiles

4/4 
Creating paradoxical examples
Book Review due

4/7 
Almost anything can happen

4/9 
Elections with four candidates

4/11 
Analyzing the 1860 Presidential election
HW #5 due in class

4/14 
Arrow's Theorem
Topic for Presentation due

4/16 
Exam 2 @ 6:30 pm 
4/18 
Proof of Arrow's Theorem

4/21 
Understanding what Arrow's Theorem says . . . and doesn't say

4/23 
Approval Voting

4/25 
Spatial models of voting
Paper for Presentation due

4/28 
Student Presentations

4/30 
Student Presentations

5/2 
Student Presentations

Final Exam
Friday, May 9, 2:00  5:00 