[EM] IRV's myopia
fsimmons at pcc.edu
Mon Apr 9 09:23:46 PDT 2001
Thanks Mike, your summary about making unnessary irrevocable decisions
based on a fraction of available information early in an important project
gets straight to the point.
On Sat, 7 Apr 2001, MIKE OSSIPOFF wrote:
> 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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