[EM] FBC comparison: WV, margins, MMPO, DMC

Adam Tarr ahtarr at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 08:24:29 PDT 2005

On 9/10/05, Jobst Heitzig <heitzig-j at web.de> wrote:

We could discuss whether insincere equal ranking for top is more dishonest 
> or whether approving one more candidate is more dishonest...

Ah, ok, I should have read the second before responding to the first. You're 
a step ahead of me. ;)

As I said, the two approaches are very hard to compare. In some sense, 
insincere equal rankings is a dishonest RELATIVE opinion, while insincere 
approval is a dishonest ABSOLUTE opinion. If you vote on a rated ballot 
which has an implicit approval cutoff, then the two are more directly 
comparable. Then again, some voters will place more psychological stock in 
absolute position on a rated ballot than others will.

I think we both agree that they are less extreme than reversing rankings of 
two candidates. This is trivially obvious when comparing to dishonest 

In the end this is an interesting psychological question, but a hard one to 
come up with any solid conclusions about.
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