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A Virtual ICERM Public Lecture: One Person, One Vote with Sharad Goel, Stanford University
ICERM, Brown University's Math Institute
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Tuesday Oct 20, 2020 4:00 PM - Tuesday Oct 20, 2020 5:00 PM | Free


A Virtual ICERM Public Lecture: One Person, One Vote with Sharad Goel, Stanford University
About a quarter of Americans report believing that double voting is a relatively common occurrence, casting doubt on the integrity of elections. But, despite a dearth of documented instances of double voting, its hard to know how often such fraud really occurs (people might just be good at covering it up!). Ill describe a simple statistical trick to estimate the rate of double voting -- one that builds off the classic birthday paradox -- and show that such behavior is exceedingly rare. Ill further argue that current efforts to prevent double voting can in fact disenfranchise many legitimate voters.

Sharad Goel is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Department of Management Science & Engineering, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science, Sociology, and the Law School. He's the founder and director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, a group that develops technology to tackle pressing issues in criminal justice, education, voting rights, and beyond. In his research, Sharad looks at public policy through the lens of computer science, bringing a new, computational perspective to a diverse range of contemporary social issues, including policing practices, electoral integrity, online privacy, and media bias. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sharad completed a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Cornell University, and worked as a senior researcher at Microsoft.


ICERM, Brown University's Math Institute

Timezone: America/New_York
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Those with confirmed registrations who have provided a valid email address will receive Zoom credentials for joining this lecture the day before the event, as well as a reminder email the day of the event



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