three (? four) tier approval

Thu Aug 16 12:47:57 PDT 2001

Mr. Layton wrote-

This idea just popped into my head, which means I haven't thought about it

in much detail.  I'm pretty sure someone has already come up with this.

Anyway, voters have three different ways they can vote for candidates -

dissaprove, approve and strongly approve.  Then, conduct a pairwise count,

where for a pairwise comparison on each ballot;

If both A and B are strongly approved, they each get 1 point

If A is ranked over B, A gets 1 point and B gets 0 points

If both A and B are approved, they each get 1/2 point

If both A and B are dissaproved, they get 0 points

You then use Ranked Pairs (WINNING VOTES) to tabulate the winner / ranking.

With this score structure, you're much more likely to get a Condorcet

D- Apply it to a standard 3 choice circular tie-

34 ABC
33 BCA
32 CAB

How many combinations of points are possible ???

It would seem that only the *strongly approved* choices would survive (ending 
up with simple Approval).

Is there *YES or NO* and *strongly* *YES or NO* in the plus 100 percent to 
minus 100 percent range of approval/ disapproval of any given choice ???

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