Voting by the Numbers: Mayo-Wilson joins new interdisciplinary course

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“This is not a political course,” says Elena Erosheva. “...We’re just talking about mechanisms behind the idea of voting, and all the mathematics and statistics involved.” Media credit: Ho Kwon Kim

Remember casting a vote for class president in grade school? The process was straightforward: the classmate with the most votes won.

Few voting scenarios are that simple, as UW students are learning in a new interdisciplinary course about voting, STAT 498/CSSS 594: The Statistics and Philosophy of Voting. The course takes a deep dive into the complexities of voting, from majority rule to election forecasting to...
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