The mathematics of Pan Am contracts

I wrote a mathematical analysis of the bidding process for the security of the Pan Am games (submitted to KES2014 conference):

I found problems with how the bidding score is computed, and the Globe & Mail picked the story.

Though my write up consisted of several pages of math, the Globe & Mail went for the (important) bottom line 🙂 as you can read here:

The price bidders submitted made up 40 per cent of the final score for each finalist. “The money amount was not given a proportionate weight,” suggested Michael Soltys, a professor in McMaster’s computing and software department (Mr. Soltys is also a consultant for a company that is owned by Reilly Security).

Other newspaper stories on the Pan Am bidding process:

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