[EM] Clarification about ranking someone at 2 rank positions

MIKE OSSIPOFF 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.

Mike Ossipoff

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