[EM] IRV's myopia

MIKE OSSIPOFF nkklrp at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 7 15:52:50 PDT 2001

Good analogy. I often ask people if, in an important project, they'd
make important, irrevocable decisions based only on a small fraction
of the available information. No, it would be absurd. And yet that's
what the IRVies are asking us to do.

>>Let me explain what I mean by the following phrase from a recent posting:
> >
> > the inexorable, myopic, unidirectional march of an
> > elimination method.
> >
>Imagine a road rally on the west coast where the winning team is the one
>that can get the furthest east of the starting point (in a specified time)
>without any backtracking.
>In the bye gone early years of the rally no maps were allowed.  So
>whenever a team came to a fork in the road they would just follow the one
>that appeared to have the more eastwardly heading.
>Needless to say, it didn't always work out well. Just over the horizon the
>promising road (heading due East) would double back, while the one headed
>South of South East would suddenly veer due East and go straight across
>the desert.
>New rules allow the use of maps now, but the old timers don't allow their
>navigators to peek at any part of the map representing points eastward of
>their current position.
>That's IRV.

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