Decisions and Elections
Explaining the Unexpected
(Kindle Edition)

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It is not uncommon to be frustrated by the outcome of an election or a decision in voting, law, economics, engineering, and other fields. Does this 'bad' result reflect poor data or poorly informed voters? Or does the disturbing conclusion reflect the choice of the decision/election procedure? Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow's famed theorem has been interpreted to mean 'no decision procedure is without flaws'. Similarly, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen dashes hope for individual liberties by showing their incompatibility with societal needs. This highly accessible book offers a new, different interpretation and resolution of Arrow's and Sen's theorems. Using simple mathematics, it shows that these negative conclusions arise because, in each case, some of their assumptions negate other crucial assumptions. Once this is understood, not only do the conclusions become expected, but a wide class of other phenomena can also be anticipated.

AuthorDonald G. Saari
BindingKindle Edition
FormatKindle eBook
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages256
Product GroupeBooks
Publication Date2001-10-22
PublisherCambridge University Press
Release Date2001-10-22
StudioCambridge University Press
Sales Rank518923

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