§9.1: Low-degree polynomials are reasonable

As anyone who has worked in probability knows, a random variable can sometimes behave in rather “unreasonable” ways. It may be never close to its expectation. It might exceed its expectation almost always, or almost never. It might have finite $1$st, $2$nd, and $3$rd moments, but an infinite $4$th moment. All of this poor behaviour [...]

§5.4: Degree-1 weight

In this section we prove two theorems about the degree-$1$ Fourier weight of boolean functions: \[ \mathbf{W}^{1}[f] = \sum_{i=1}^n \widehat{f}(i)^2. \]

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§2.5: Highlight: Arrow’s Theorem

When there are just $2$ candidates, the majority function possesses all of the mathematical properties that seem desirable in a voting rule (e.g., May’s Theorem and Theorem 32). Unfortunately, as soon as there are $3$ (or more) candidates the problem of social choice becomes much more difficult. For example, suppose we have candidates $a$, [...]