[EM] Blake's margins arguments

matt matt matt at tidalwave.net
Wed Feb 19 19:10:52 PST 2003

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Forest Simmons <fsimmons at pcc.edu>
Reply-To: election-methods-list at eskimo.com
Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 12:37:05 -0800 (PST)

>In summary, there are cases in which I would prefer sincere margins over
>sincere winning votes, for example 50 to 1 over 51 to 50. There are other
>cases in which I would prefer sincere winning votes over sincere margins,
>for example 55 to 50 over 7 to 1.
The Condorcet_DD PERL script, by default, measures defeat as the sum of margins and wv.  The outcome is then in accord with your sensible preference.

>But in every case I would prefer sincere votes over insincere votes.  If
>wv is more likely to result in sincere ballots (i.e. fewer order reversals
>between sincere preferences and ballot markings) than margins, then I'll
>take wv. 

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