[EM] "Complete" (falsify) truncated rankings? Does Woodall give a reason?

MIKE OSSIPOFF nkklrp at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 18 23:55:02 PST 2004

Quoting Woodall (in the context of equal preferences not being allowed 
except for truncation),

"Symetric Completion.
A truncated ballot should be treated in the same way as its symetric 

I reply:

"Should"? Why? Because Woodall says so?

Woodall, or anyone else, of course has the right to make whatever rules they 
want for a method that they propose. But any claim that truncated rankings 
should be "completed" needs justification. Just asserting a claim like that 
won't do.

If truncated rankings were falsified in that way, changed into somethiing 
that the voter didn't vote, many would rightly object that 
ballot-modification isn't democratic. (In NES or DSV, for instance, the 
voter could be allowed to opt to manually place his/her Approval votes and 
have them stay there. For instance, we allowed that option when Voter's 
Choice was used for EM polls).

And, with the best methods, rankings falsified in that way would hamper 
those methods' ability to deter offensive order-reversal by defensive 

Mike Ossipoff

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