College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

# GAUSS Seminar

**Abstract: **

The 2020 United States presidential election is at the forefront of many sources of recent news. Even apart from politics, the concept of voting to make a collective decision frequently appears in everyday life. In this talk, we introduce voting theory and discuss some "voting paradoxes." Using diagrams called Young tableau, one can mathematically encode different methods of voting. We introduce representations of the symmetric group and show how voting methods can be seen as representations using tableaux. This talk will assume minimal prior knowledge (except knowing what an election is!) and mathematical concepts will be gently introduced. All who are interested are encouraged to come. This talk will be mathematical and not political.