Mark C. Wilson’s research focuses on combinatorial and algorithmic mathematics, voting theory, and social networks. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wilson’s appointment at the University of Auckland is in the Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Mathematical Social Sciences.
There are several apparently incompatible desiderata for the outcomes of parliamentary elections, including representation and decisiveness. Some methods are clearly suboptimal on both criteria, so it makes sense to explore the Pareto frontier of the space of methods. An interesting issue not usually discussed in voting literature is that of computational complexity - some methods on the frontier are computationally infeasible to compute in practice. Carey and Hix analyzed methods used historically and isolated the district magnitude as a key variable. Their solution works in practice, but does it work in theory? Wilson will discuss an approach to this and similar electoral engineering questions.
Please RSVP to Shani Brasier or 949.824.2904 as lunch will be provided.  Seating is limited.

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