Data analysis proves the existence of the Röstigraben
Are the political parties really all that different from one another? Can politicians rig the vote in their favor by filling in their own profiles on the voting recommendation website “smartvote”? Two EPFL PhD students applied data analysis methods to information collected from the Swiss democratic system. Their results won them a “best paper award” in this year’s ACM Conference on Online Social Networks, held in Dublin, Ireland. Their next goal is to predict the outcome of a vote using partial results along with data from preceding ballots.

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