With so much at stake in the November elections, the Department of Statistics and the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) will for the first time offer a special topics course, the Statistics and Philosophy of Voting. Offered in Autumn 2020, this course STAT 498 / CSSS 594 will be co-taught by Elena Erosheva (Statistics and Social Work), Conor Mayo-Wilson (Philosophy), and Marina Meila (Statistics).
The course will consider a number of topics that are relevant to modern voting and elections through statistical and social choice lenses, including the purpose and limits of democratic decision-making, social choice theory and the associated impossibility theorems, judgement aggregation, election polling and forecasting, electoral redistricting and gerrymandering, and misinformation in elections. The course will also feature expert guest speakers, including Michael Blake (Department of Philosophy), Christopher Adolph and Jake Grumbach (Department of Political Science), Darryl Holman (Department of Anthropology and CSSS Director), and Jevin West (iSchool and Director of the Center for an Informed Public). Prior to November 3, featured topics will be directly related to the 2020 U.S. election. See this link for more information.