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Ch 20: Mathematical Methods for Elections

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Use the lively video lessons and other useful study aids in this chapter to learn more about how math is used to determine the winners in elections. Our subject matter experts developed this lesson set to help you understand this important topic.

Mathematical Methods for Elections - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

An enormous amount of money is spent during elections. The outcome means a lot to people, and so can the subject of this chapter, which explains the math behind figuring out who the winning candidate is. Our instructors use short videos for presenting their lessons, and they supply a quiz to take at the end of each lesson for self-assessment. For any needed re-study, you can use the video transcript of the lesson or a keyword-based timeline tool to return to the specific section you want to watch again. At chapter's end, you will be educated on:

  • Understanding the plurality method in elections
  • Using the Borda count method in elections
  • Implementing the plurality-with-elimination election method
  • Working with the pairwise comparison method in elections
  • Ranking candidates using recursive and extended ranking methods

Lesson Objective
The Plurality Method in Elections Find out how in the U.S., there is more to victory than the one with the most votes wins.
The Borda Count Method in Elections Analyze the Borda count method of determining a winner.
The Plurality-with-Elimination Election Method Examine how the run-off works in plurality-with-elimination method of elections.
The Pairwise Comparison Method in Elections Take a look at how the pairwise method compares candidates head-to-head.
Ranking Candidates: Recursive & Extended Ranking Methods See who would come in second and third using recursive and extended ranking methods.

Chapter Practice Exam
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