GCNU1017
Mathematics of Fairness

GCNU1017
Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCNU1017 MATH (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

GCNU1017 begins with an introduction to the way in which statistical information can be used to interpret and affect election phenomena and other everyday issues. Students will learn a number of election systems and address the problem of finding the best decision-making procedures. Moreover, a variety of possible methods of electing our future Chief Executive are investigated (although we cannot promise you that he or she will ever be elected through universal suffrage). After equipping you with the knowledge of different electoral systems, we then introduce you to the weighted voting system, in which voters may be treated unequally. Next, the course turns to an investigation of a number of simplified but real-life cases, such as the distribution of seats in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Finally, we address the mathematically well-known cake-cutting problem, which is formally known as the fairness problem. You will find the answer to many fairness-related questions in this course.

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What do the students say about this course?

……導師在教新課題時多會用實際例子作導入,使課程不會流於理論;而導師亦時會和學生討論究竟投票某種方法是否合乎情理,又會探討其他改變該方法的可行方案,令我這個對數學不太有興趣的學生也能投入這個課程!

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Jason Chenga year 1 student from COMM

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.