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UCLA to host 'Mathematics of Politics' workshop, April 22–23

Lynn Vavreck

UCLA professor Lynn Vavreck

A UCLA workshop April 22 and 23 will address the "Mathematics of Politics" and how data analysis based on sophisticated mathematics is reshaping political campaigns.
Sponsored by UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, the workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from mathematics, statistics, computer science, electrical engineering, political science and other fields.
Speakers will include:
U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney 
Congressman McNerney holds a doctorate in mathematics and formed a startup company to manufacture wind turbines. He will discuss "How Election Campaigns are Run and the Future of Math in Politics
Lynn Vavreck
Vavreck is a UCLA professor of political science and communication studies, co-founder of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project and contributing columnist to the New York Times. Her topic will be "Myth-Busters: What to Make of Game Changers and Big Data in Presidential Campaigns" 
Solomon Messing
A social scientist and member of Facebook's data science team, Messing will speak about "How Online Social Networks Amplify Political Rhetoric and Engage the Public"
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22
8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23
Visit IPAM's website for the complete agenda.
All events other than McNerney's lecture will be held at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics on the UCLA campus (map
McNerney's lecture will be held in the CNSI Auditorium on the UCLA campus (map)
Admission to McNerney's lecture is free and does not require registration; he will speak Tuesday, April 22 at 4 p.m. 
All other workshop events are open to the public, but registration via the IPAM website or at the event is required. Admission ranges from $20 for students to $50 for members of industry. 
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