Example with contrary half preference votes

Lucien Saumur aa447 at freenet.carleton.ca
Fri Jul 12 09:07:52 PDT 1996

In an article, seppley at alumni.caltech.edu ("Steve Eppley") writes:

>Lucien S wrote:
>>     I am trying to understand the "least-beaten" concept and I do
>>not understand why Clinton would win rather than Dole, with or
>>without half preferences. 
>It looks in your matrices like you're measuring the size of a
>pair-defeat by the margin of defeat (votes for pair-winner minus
>votes for pair-loser).
>But in Mike O's definition of Condorcet, the size of a pair-defeat
>is measured simply by the votes for the pair-winner (i.e., the number 
>of voters who prefer the pair-winner over the pai-loser).  
>This amount is the number of voters who would be unhappy if the
>pair-loser beat the pair-winner in a 2-candidate election; the
>Condorcet method tries to minimize the number of unhappy voters. 

          I am not clear about the difference between what
I have described and what is being proposed. Could you give
me an example where the two methods would produce different

          aa447 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA

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