[EM] Borda count in practice

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Wed Jan 9 16:44:05 PST 2002

On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, Steve Barney wrote:

> Forest:
> My understanding was that this was the way the original Borda Count procedure
> treated truncated ballots; that is, the first choice(s) always receives the
> same number of points, regardless of the whether the ballot is truncated or
> not, while the unmarked are given the same points (if any) which any last
> ranked candidate would get on a complete ballot.
> This is only a matter of fact.

As you say this is only a matter of fact that could easily be checked.
However, it seems that it is not a fact.

> I am not saying that this treatment is better than what Saari and others
> suggest.

Whether it is better is a matter of opinion.  In my opinion it is better
for all of the same reasons that I believe Approval is better than Borda.

> Regards,
> Steve Barney
> --- In election-methods-list at y..., Forest Simmons <fsimmons at p...> wrote:
> > If your interpretation of the Slovenia election law is correct, so that
> > truncations receive zero, and the ranked choices receive the same points
> > that they would have received on a ballot without truncations, then
> > Slovenia's version of Borda is a kind of hybrid of Borda and Approval,
> > hence better than standard Borda.
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