Fair decisions: applying topology and combinatorics to social science problems | University of Oxford

Fair decisions: applying topology and combinatorics to social science problems

Speaker
Professor Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College
Event date
Event time
16:00 - 17:00
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Andrew Wiles Building
Woodstock Rd
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Venue details

Room L1

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Sperner's lemma is an elementary combinatorial result with a topological flavor, and it has many interesting applications, including the classical cake-cutting problem: how to divide an object fairly among n people. I will trace the history of some generalizations of Sperner's lemma, including some recent applications to divide rent fairly among roommates. I promise the talk will be fun and accessible to non-mathematicians while remaining interesting to mathematicians.