##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Math 196/296 - Student Colloquium

## David Meyer

#### UCSD

## Winning Elections with Point-Set Topology

##### Abstract:

It is well known that to win a US Presidential election it is not sufficient win the popular vote. Rather, because of the electoral college, the geographical distribution of votes is crucial. Data from past elections shows that a useful statistic describing the distribution of votes is its "dimension". I will explain the topological definition for the "dimension" of a subset of Euclidean space, estimate it for the Kerry and Bush votes in the 2004 US Presidential election, and recall the consequences for the outcome of that election.

### October 21, 2008

### 12:00 PM

### AP&M B412

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