[EM] Clarification about ranking someone at 2 rank positions
nkklrp at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 16 19:48:41 PDT 2005
Of course if you rank Smith at two postitions, someone could say that if
both Smiths are over Jones, you're twice ranking Smith over Jones. But isn't
it true that there's a sense in which all you're saying is that Smith is
over Jones? Say you've got 2 Smiths over Jones, and one below Jones. Fine:
That just means that you're voting Smith over Jones and Jones over Smith.
Likewise, if you vote Smith at lots of positions, you're voting Smith over
Smith. You've got Smith over Smith, and we needn't count how many times
you've got Smith over Smith. It's a reasonable interpretation to only count
it once, as of course is the only fair way to count it.
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