Network models and biproportional rounding for fair seat allocations in the UK elections

  title={Network models and biproportional rounding for fair seat allocations in the UK elections},
  author={Kerem Akartunalı and Philip A. Knight},
  journal={Annals of Operations Research},
Systems for allocating seats in an election offer a number of socially and mathematically interesting problems. We discuss how to model the allocation process as a network flow problem, and propose a wide choice of objective functions and allocation schemes. Biproportional rounding, which is an instance of the network flow problem, is used in some European countries with multi-seat constituencies. We discuss its application to single seat constituencies and the inevitable consequence that seats… 

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