[EM] Summability

Markus Schulze markus.schulze at alumni.tu-berlin.de
Thu Jul 24 12:22:08 PDT 2003

Dear Kevin,

you wrote (24 July 2003):
> But wait a minute...  With the IRV count, you have to know what
> happens earlier (e.g., the first elimination) to know what to
> count later.  With Condorcet, you're always counting everything,
> so the task could be divided up among a number of computers,
> couldn't it?

When you use computers to count the votes, then it is really of
no concern whether IRV or Condorcet is being used.

You wrote (24 July 2003):
> I'm surprised to read this.  I thought "simple strategy" was a
> virtue for an electoral method.  Surely runtime isn't considered
> a serious issue for summable methods...?

No! It is a desirable property that there is no simple way to
manipulate the result of the elections.

Markus Schulze

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