[EM] Interesting use of Borda count

Steve Barney barnes992001 at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 23 12:23:26 PST 2002


There are quite a few liberal arts math textbooks which include chapters on
Arrow's Theorem and alternative voting methods, weighted voting and
proportional representation. For example, the first 4 chapters, which make up
the first section of Tannenbaum and Arnold's _Excursions in Modern
Mathematics_, are on those topics.

  Excursions in Modern Mathematics
  Fourth Edition 
  by Peter Tannenbaum and Robert Arnold
  California State University, Fresno 

This seems to be quite a popular textbook, and there are many similar ones. It
is used for the math 102 course at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, for
instance, and some high schools use it too.

Also, a case against the majority criterion was made by Jean-Charles de Borda
in his original critique of the plurality vote, in his classic paper (contained
in _Classics of social choice_, edited and translated by Iain McLean and Arnold
B. Urken, 1995)


--- In election-methods-list at y..., Forest Simmons <fsimmons at p...> wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Jan 2002, Bart Ingles wrote:
> The original justification of publically supported schools was that a
> democracy requires citizens to be educated in civic and political matters.
> But how many public schools teach the basic math of voting power,
> proportional representation, etc.?
> Forest

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