Kyle Golenbiewski ACF Abstract FY10

Modeling Nonseparable Preferences in Referendum Elections

Conference Name: MathFest 2009

Referendum Elections often require voters to cast ballots simultaneously on multiple proposals, some of which may be interrelated.  When a voter's preferences on one proposal depend on the known or predicted outcomes of other proposals, the voter's preferences are said to be nonseparable.  In this talk, we will explore ways to mathematically model and analyze various forms of nonseparability.  This work was completed as part of the 2009 REU program at Grand Valley State University.