[EM] Arrow's Theorem.
Eric Gorr
eric at ericgorr.net
Mon Jul 14 21:35:02 PDT 2003
At 6:39 PM -0400 7/14/03, Rob Speer wrote:
>Approval voting is independent from irrelevant alternatives. If a
>candidate is removed from the ballot, and people's preferences remain
>the same - they do not strategically change their votes - then the
>winner will still win.
Borrowing the defintion of IIA from:
http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_of_irrelevant_alternatives
if one option (X) wins the election, and a new alternative (Y) is
added, only X or Y will win the election.
Let's say that there were three options A, B & C with the following ballots:
(Each voter only voted for a single candidate)
A: 50
B: 26
C: 10
A wins.
Now, add, option D, which happens to be close to option A, but with
some critical difference such that votes are now split between A & D.
A: 25
B: 26
C: 10
D: 25
B Wins and Approval fails IIA.
The vital point here would seem to be that if the voters vote for no
more then a single option (which they can do under Approval),
Approval is equivalent to Plurality and Plurality does not satisfy
Arrow's Theorem.
So, where did I go wrong?
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