Department of Mathematics

Complex system working lunch (CoSy): Electoral data analysis and modeling

  • Date: 22 May, 12:15–13:00
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Å4003
  • Lecturer: Juan Fernández-Gracia, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, University of the Balearic Islands and Spanish Research Council (UIB-CSIC)
  • Organiser: CIM
  • Contact person: Marcus Westerberg
  • Seminarium

Election data let us take a look at human behavior. Besides deciding our future, these data are very useful for the study of collective social phenomena, as they are spatially extended and we have data for several decades in many countries, which allows for spatial and temporal studies. Besides, typically these data are publicly available, at least in modern democracies.

In this talk I will review two different ways of looking at electoral processes that are complementary and sometimes lack a connection. On the one side there is a data analysis based approach which aims at detecting patterns in the data (or the lack of them), while on the other side there is the more theoretical model based approach that tries to disentangle the mechanisms at play in collective decision making.