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BENJAMIN COSMAN, Computer Science PhD student

Major: UC San Diego

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate at UC San Diego, and future Teaching Professor at UIUC. Hobbies include board games, puzzles, and singing.

Past Classes

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M302: Voting Theory in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
In the voting system you're used to ("Plurality"), we ignore a lot of useful information by only asking voters to pick their favorite candidate. This leads to problems like vote splitting - a candidate that most people hate could win with just 10% of the vote as long as 10 other candidates split the remaining 90%. In this class we will compare the other voting systems that become possible if voters supply their full preferences instead of just their favorite.