Campaign Management Problems in Elections

Monday, September 24, 2012 - Piotr Faliszewski


Title: Campaign Management Problems in Elections
Speaker: Piotr Faliszewski, Univ. of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
Date: September 24, 2012
Time: 11:30
Room: 2AB40, Torre Archimede

Elections and voting play an important role in the functioning of the modern society. In the standard model of voting, each voter’s preferences are represented by a total order over the alternatives (candidates), and some voting rule is used to determine the election winner(s). However, in practice, the voters’ preferences are often flexible, and it is possible to affect the outcome of the election by campaigning for or against a certain candidate. Indeed, campaign management is a multi-million dollar industry, and there is overwhelming evidence that the amount of money invested into a candidate’s campaign is strongly correlated with her chances of winning the election.
In this talk we will discuss a number of election-related problems, where given an election and a set of actions that affect the preferences of the voters (each with a price tage), we seek to ensure that our preferred candidate becomes a winner, while spending as little money as possible.

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