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University of Minnesota Math Club

Math Club meets most Thursdays of the semester at 12:20 pm in Vincent 570.

Math Club is open to all undergraduate students in mathematics; students from other programs are also welcome. The goal of the club is to provide a forum for students to meet and discuss issues of common interest, such as careers in mathematics, research, graduate school, academic concerns, internship opportunities, scholarships, special lectures, and summer programs.

The Math Club is very grateful to Professor Willard and Mrs. Jane Miller for their generous donations to promote student activities.

This Week

Please join us for seminars and lectures at 12:20 on Thursdays in Vincent Hall 570, and join our Facebook group, UMN Math Club! All majors are welcome to join and attend.

Date: 1/31/19


Vincent 570

Title: The Mathematics of Elections

Speaker: Kim Logan

Abstract: Ever had the feeling that an election outcome wasn't fair? It turns out that it can be mathematically proven that no ranked-choice election with 3 or more candidates can be designed "fairly". This is known as Arrow's Impossibility Theorem. We will discuss different methods of counting ranked-choice ballots and what accounts for "fairness" in an election. We will then discuss the details of Arrow's Impossibility Theorem.