News FocusJOINT MATHEMATICS MEETING, 13–16 JANUARY, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Politics as (Un)usual

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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 942-943
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.942-a

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At the Joint Mathematics Meetings, mathematical voting theorists described a recent case study that suggests different voting systems only rarely produce the vastly different results possible in theory. An analysis of ranked ballots from 8 years of voting for the presidency of the American Psychological Association showed that different voting methods gave the same result much more often than not.