Event Title

Math in the Ballroom: Does Your Vote Matter on Dancing with the Stars?

Description

The popular television show Dancing with the Stars utilizes a voting system with some intriguing mathematical twists. Examining fairness and technique, Gershman will contrast the DTWS polling system with other voting systems—such as those used to elect presidents, decide which college football teams compete for the national championship, and determine the next “American Idol.” Gershman will also discuss optimal voting strategies and game theory within the context of real situations from the show.

Presenter Bio

Jason Gershman has a Ph.D. and is an Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Mathematics at Nova Southeastern University

Date of Event

November 3, 2010 12 - 1:00 PM

Location

Mailman-Hollywood Building, Room 311, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale (main campus)

NSU News Release Link

http://nsunews.nova.edu/dancing-stars-vote-count-find-nov-3/

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Nov 3rd, 12:00 PM Nov 3rd, 1:00 PM

Math in the Ballroom: Does Your Vote Matter on Dancing with the Stars?

Mailman-Hollywood Building, Room 311, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale (main campus)

The popular television show Dancing with the Stars utilizes a voting system with some intriguing mathematical twists. Examining fairness and technique, Gershman will contrast the DTWS polling system with other voting systems—such as those used to elect presidents, decide which college football teams compete for the national championship, and determine the next “American Idol.” Gershman will also discuss optimal voting strategies and game theory within the context of real situations from the show.

https://nsuworks.nova.edu/mathematics_colloquium/ay_2010-2011/events/10