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PHYSICS PEEKS INTO THE BALLOT BOX

Santo Fortunato and Claudio Castellano

 

In different countries and over time, electoral features such as statistics of candidates’ performance and turnout rates show universal behaviors. Are voters as predictable as atoms?

 

Santo Fortunato is an associate professor in the department of biomedical engineering and computational science at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, and a research leader at the Complex Networks and Systems Lagrange Laboratory of the Institute for Scientific Interchange in Turin, Italy.

 

Claudio Castellano is a research scientist at the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for Complex Systems at Sapienza University of Rome