[Pdx-pm] March topic: VoteFair ranking: Math-based voting power for the 99%
ElectionMethods at VoteFair.org
Mon Jan 30 21:56:16 PST 2012
# from Eric Wilhelm
> From our discussion thus far, I have tentatively added the following:
> March2012Meeting - Richard on Voting::VoteFairRanking
> We'll need Richard to confirm availability ...
Yes, I'm available -- Thursday March 8 (right?) -- and I look forward to
giving this presentation. FYI, two Perl Mongers besides Eric privately
expressed interest in this presentation. Here are the presentation details:
Title: VoteFair ranking: Math-based voting power for the 99%
"Just-released open-source software that implements VoteFair ranking is
now available to help us reach higher levels of voting fairness. You do
voting when you click on Google results, and you use voting results when
you view the star rating of an Amazon product. Now learn how voting
really works, how it is usually miscalculated -- intentionally in the
case of elections -- and how it can be done to fully extract the wisdom
in a group. Learn the math behind the puppet strings that connect
politicians to the biggest campaign contributors. (Partial spoiler: The
biggest unfairness is hidden in primary elections.) Also learn the math
that eventually will cut those puppet strings. Along the way you will
learn that there are different kinds of popularity."
Planned duration: 40-45 minutes plus(!) discussion time
(If that's too long, I can leave out some material -- somehow.)
Last Thursday I gave this presentation to the (language-agnostic)
Westside Proggers group and it was clearly appreciated, and the
interactions were fun and insightful (for me as well as them).
BTW, I attended a PDX Perl Mongers meeting a few years ago, so I'm not a
complete stranger. And I've been programming in Perl since shortly
after the transition from version 4 to version 5.
Author of "Ending The Hidden Unfairness In U.S. Elections"
and "The Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox"
Creator of the Dashrep programming language (the Dashrep engine is in
the CPAN archives at: Language::Dashrep)
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