WINNER of the 2022 Chalkdust magazine Reader's choice book of the year!
Accordingly, this book will teach you about a variety of voting methods through concrete examples and clear explanations. Each chapter illustrates a different type of voting method using basic definitions, real-world examples, a list of pros and cons, and detailed practice problems with solutions. No prior mathematical or political knowledge is assumed. In fact, the prose is designed for a wide audience, making this book ideal for a general education mathematics course or anyone else who is curious to learn about different methods of voting.
We are also donating part of our profits to two organizations: Fair Fight and The Young People's Project.
What people are saying about An INtroduction to the Math of Voting Methods
"If you find yourself wanting to convince students that understanding mathematics is important, consider this book." Emily Olson, Associate Editor, Notices of the American Mathematics Society
"An Introduction to the Math of Voting Methods is a timely and much-needed resource that would be a valuable addition to a multitude of political science courses, including but not limited to: research methods, elections and voting, representation, and even courses on democratic theory." Evan Crawford, Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
4. Ranked Score Methods (e.g., Borda Count, as used for AP poll rankings of NCAA football teams)— Austin Buchanan (@AustinLBuchanan) November 28, 2022
5. Cardinal Methods (e.g., approval voting, as used by @informs)
Looking forward to @professorbrenda’s follow-on book that goes more into the math, axioms, and paradoxes
Note for instructors:
This book could also work well in a course for math majors, but perhaps with a faster pace and some supplementary material that covers the theory of voting methods and their mathematical properties. In fact, the author is working on a sequel to this book that will include a development of that theory, so stay tuned!