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:
- April 2, 2014, in the Toronto Star: Auditor general to audit Pan Am Games security contract
- March 26, 2014, in the Hamilton Spectator: NDP wants $81-million Pan Am security contract under microscope
- March 26, 2014, in the Toronto Star: NDP wants probe of Pan Am security contract that went to U.S. firm