Voting System

Before this unit in our class, I assumed voting was just based off of the person who had the most votes collectively. What I did not know is how much math is involved in voting and all the calculations that go into it.

As of right now we have learned about four different voting methods and how each of those have their strengths and weaknesses. First you have the preference schedule, which is the voters preference in the election. With that schedule you can do any of the four methods including plurality, borda count, copeland, and instant runoff. As of right now my favorite method to use is borda count because I feel like it has the most fair system of choosing with the preference schedule.

The way we were doing preference schedules are different in comparison to this articles way of doing them. This article uses more or less signs when distinguishing which candidate they prefer over the other.

Ours:

 Number of Votes 13 11 10 A B C B C A C A B

Their’s

What is also interesting and mind boggling is the fact that you can’t vote on a voting method, because what method would you use to calculate the vote? So really when it comes to voting someone is always going to be unhappy and there is really now way to create a perfect solution!

Article: http://chalkdustmagazine.com/features/mathematical-view-voting-systems/

Taxes

Since 2001 there has been more than 4,500 changes to the tax codes, with some of these adjustments working in the tax payers favor. With all these changes can come more complications for the math being done during taxes, and more room for error to be done in the numbers. Although less than 1% of tax returns get audited, there are still some cases that the IRS does catch. Even if you do end up getting audited over 75% of cases are done via email, so you never have the in person IRS inspection on your taxes. With this higher earners are more likley to get audited then middle class and lower class.

Why do people get audited? Number one reason people get audited is because of the issues done within their math. If you decide to do your taxes on your own, make sure you double and triple check your work to make sure there is zero room for error. Most people recomend either going to a specilist in taxes or getting a software for your taxes. Another way to get audited is when your taxes are nice round and neat numbers. Most forms are not simple and most expensese are not one flat number, so that is big red flag when it comes to the IRS checking taxes. When doing taxes there is not guessing at numbers and there needs to be nice precise numbers that are not rounded or estimated.

7 Reasons the IRS Will Audit You

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Hi! Have not taken math in a little bit and it’s not my strongest subject so I hope this semester goes well!