Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"The Fairest Vote of All," by Partha Dasgupta and Eric Maskin. Scientific American, March 2004.

The authors present the various systems used in elections. They give examplesof problems and perplexing election results in the 2000 U.S. and 2002 Frenchpresidential elections, explain how "true majority rule and rank-order votingresult in dramatically different outcomes," and propose changes that would moreaccurately represent voters' wishes.

--- Annette Emerson