Unrepresentative Voting

Leslie Green explains how our voting systems can be unrepresentative.

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Five different parties are standing in an election for one representative. The voting  methods:  First past the post (FPTP): the party with the highest vote-count wins.

Is the voting system representative?

The no-pets party has 30% of the total, whereas parties that want pets are the remaining 70%.  As it stands the FPTP system would vote-in the no-pets party, which does not represent the view of the electorate.  What has happened is that the pro-pet movement has splintered, dividing the vote. In order to overcome this, one can use a transferable vote scheme so people can vote for their preferred option safely, preventing the hated no-pets party from winning.

A more detailed analysis can be found in an example.

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Guesstimate Methods

Guesstimate is an estimate based on a mixture of guesswork and calculation.

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“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein

“The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.” – Richard Hamming

Estimate or Calculate?

” in the real world, we constantly settle for estimates, whereas mathematics — see the SAT — demands that you get the answer precisely right.” – Andrew Hacker in The New York Times article “The Wrong Way We Teach Math

 

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Estimate or Calculate?

My answer is one of them and do it fast.

Aplusclick Math Apps for Grades 1 Through 12 Are on Apple Store and Google Play


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5000 A+Click Math Problems are available offline. If you have problems with Internet, Aplusclick has a solution for you. Aplusclick problems are now available on App Store and Google Play. You can solve all of 5000 problems working offline.

Aplusclick has just launched a series of apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. It includes Math for grade 1 through 12. You can track your progress or reset your score anytime. Perfect practice makes perfect!

Where do you get it?

Online: www.aplusclick.com ,   iPhone or iPad,    Android: search for Aplusclick

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