[EM] "Random Candidate" & "Random Dictatorship"

Steve Barney barnes992001 at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 16 17:02:22 PST 2002


I'd call that a lottery, not an election.

Steve Barney

> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 00:08:19 +0100
> From: Markus Schulze <markus.schulze at alumni.tu-berlin.de>
> To: election-methods-list at eskimo.com
> Subject: Re: [EM] questions about IIAC & ICC
> Dear Steve,
> you wrote (15 Jan 2002):
> > Oh, and by the "Random Candidate" and "Random Dictatorship,"
> > I guess you are referring to something like Florida's voting
> > procedure. I that about it?
> "Random Dictatorship" says that a voter is chosen randomly
> and this voter's favorite candidate is the winner. (If
> this randomly chosen voter doesn't have a unique favorite
> candidate, then "Random Dictatorship" only says that the
> winner must be one of his favorite candidates.)
> Let's say that there are N candidates. Then "Random Candidate"
> simply says that --independently on how the voters vote--
> each candidate is elected with the same probability of 1/N.

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