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Methods of Congressional Apportionment (UMAP)

Milton P. Eisner


Mathematics Topic:
Algebra, Discrete Mathematics
Application Areas:
Political science, voting theory
Prerequisites:
Intermediate algebra

| ©1982 by COMAP, Inc. | 17 pages |


In this module six methods of congressional apportionment are explained and illustrated by simple examples and exercises. The methods are: Hamilton, Jefferson, Smallest Divisors, Equal Proportions, Webster, and Quota. Upon completion of the unit, the student will be able to take a given set of states and populations and apportion a legislature of given size among them by any of the six methods discussed.

Table of Contents:

1. INTRODUCTION

2. THE HAMILTON METHOD

3. THE ALABAMA PARADOX

4. THE JEFFERSON METHOD

5. "INTERMEDIATE" METHODS

6. THE QUOTA METHOD

7. REFERENCES

8. ANSWERS TO EXERCISES