Samuel Baltz

Português

I'm a PhD student studying political science and scientific computing at the University of Michigan, and doing an MS in applied mathematics. I have a Graduate Certificate in complex systems from the University of Michigan, and a BSc in astrophysics from the University of Toronto.

I study the strategic interaction of electors and parties in democratic elections, using computational and analytical applied math models. Currently I'm studying voter strategy as an iterative game, which opens up some classical game theory and social choice questions to computational modeling and dynamical systems methods. I'm also interested in comparative electoral and party systems, particularly how systems define the choices that electors face and how that affects their representation.

In my spare time I'm slowly working on projects in computational stellar astrophysics and recreational mathematics, and am translating some previously untranslated political science books from French into English. I also spend a lot of time writing technical content on Wikipedia, where articles I've created have been viewed more than 1.5 million times. I'm especially proud of some of my work on applied math articles; for example, I wrote the page on numerical linear algebra. You can find my other contributions through my user page.

Contact

Email: sbaltz@umich.edu

Office: 6556 Haven Hall, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Office hours (winter 2019): Wednesdays 11-1

Everything I know, I learned at Spacesim.

This page was last modified on 2019 March 9