Computational Social Choice


This is the website of the Computational Social Choice (COMSOC) course offered in the Master of Logic programme at the ILLC. Social choice theory is the study of mechanisms for collective decision making, such as voting rules or protocols for fairly dividing a set of goods, and computational social choice addresses problems at the interface of social choice theory with computer science. This course provides a thorough introduction to both classical and computational social choice, so as to enable students to conduct independent research in this field. The topics covered change every year, but they typically include material in voting theory, preference aggregation, judgment aggregation, and fair division.

The 2019 edition will cover a broad range of topics from fair allocation, to voting, to judgment aggregation. Because of the unusually large number of registered students, there will be no group projects (but an exam instead). However, I plan to offer a project course on Advanced Topics in Computational Social Choice in June (for a limited number of participants, all of which must have passed the regular course). Details to be announced. If you are registered for the course but do not plan to actually take it, it would be extremely helpful if you could formally deregister as soon as possible. Thanks!

Links to previous editions of the course (with slides, exercises, literature):

See also: Computational Social Choice Seminar at the ILLC