Math/CS Club Talk: The Fair Distribution of Disaster Relief Funds

Math/CS Club Talk
  • What Mathematics Math
  • When Sep 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (GMT+0 / UTC0)
  • Where AC/2C07: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Conference Room
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Phone 718-262-2551
  • Attendees Talks are open to all (you do NOT have to be a math or CS major to attend).
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Join us for a talk by Dr. Joseph Malkevitch (Professor Emiritus, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science).


The Fair Distribution of Disaster Relief Funds


What is a fair way to distribute the limited funds that are available to pay off claims after a disaster such as a hurricane, flood, or earthquake? The main issue is that typically there is not enough money allocated to cover all the legitimately established claims. There are surprisingly many different appealing systems to carry out a "fair" distribution and many different views as to what fairness means. The mathematical ideas involved are useful in many situations other than disaster relief.

This talk is self-contained (no prior knowledge of the topic is needed.)

Snacks will be provided.

Math/CS Club talks & activities take place on Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm unless otherwise noted.