Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thanks to the... Election, Statistics is Cool Again

Way back in 2012, Ellie Terry Vierling and I presented "Thanks to the 2012 Election, Statistics is Cool Again" at the inaugural MƒA MT2: Master Teachers on Teaching. Ellie and I looked at statistically modeling issues related to the election and cowrote an activity that we conducted in our classrooms. Guess what? Despite the fact that the 2016 presidential election is just slightly more bananas, it's still relevant.

How many electorate votes does a candidate need to win the election? What are the minimum number of states a candidate needs to carry to win? Is each voter's per capita electoral voting power constant or does it vary from state the state? What is the relationship between the states' population and their corresponding electoral votes? What would happen if Puerto Rico became a state?

The interesting answers to these questions and more. Take a peek:

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