Smith procedure briefly stated
dfb at bbs.cruzio.com
Tue Apr 16 04:55:49 PDT 1996
I'd like to state, more briefly & clearly, the procedure that I suggested
for determining the Smith set:
1. Order the alternatives according to how many alternatives they're
2. The alternative beaten by fewest alternatives is a member of the Smith set
(as are any several that tie for that distinction).
3. Any alternative is a member of the Smith set if it beats or ties
a member of the Smith set, or if it's beaten by no more alternatives
than is a member of the Smith set.
So admit alternatives to the Smith set according to these rules till
there are no more that qualify.
I don't know to what extent Bruce's procedure is like this one, and
it isn't possible to comment on Bruce's procedure till it's translated
from the original formulese. But I did notice that Bruce would order
the alternatives according to how many they beat instead of how many
they're beaten by. With "pairwise ties" a possibility, as is the case
in small committee elections, that makes a difference.
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