Learn about different voting methods and fair division algorithms, and explore the problems that arise when a group of people need to make a decision.
University of Maryland and Coursera offers making better group discussions: voting judgment aggregation and fair division online course.
About the course:
Much of our daily life is spent taking part in various types of what we might call "political" procedures. Examples range from voting in a national election to deliberating with others in small committees. Many interesting philosophical and mathematical issues arise when we carefully examine our group decision-making processes.
- Week 1: Introduction to Voting Methods
- Week 2: Voting Paradoxes
- Week 3: Characterizing Voting Methods
- Week 4: Topics in Social Choice Theory
- Week 5: Aggregating Judgements
- Week 6: Fair Division: Indivisible Goods
- Week 7: Fair Division: Cake-Cutting Algorithms
Duration: 7 weeks
Timings: 1 to 3 hours of work / week
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