Speaker: Geoff Pritchard
Affiliation: The University of Auckland
Title: Impartial-culture asymptotics: a central limit theorem for manipulation of elections
Date: Monday, 30 Mar 2009
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Room 401 (small math seminar room)
We consider the problem of manipulation of elections using positional voting rules under Impartial Culture voter behaviour. We consider both the logical possibility of coalitional manipulation, and the number of voters that must be recruited to form a manipulating coalition. It is shown that the manipulation problem may be well approximated by a very simple linear program in two variables. This permits a comparative analysis of the asymptotic (large-population) manipulability of the various rules. It is seen that the manipulation resistance of positional rules with 5 or 6 (or more) candidates is quite different from the more commonly analyzed 3- and 4-candidate cases.
This is joint work with Mark Wilson, to appear in Mathematical Socal Sciences. Slides for the talk are available.