[EM] RE: Bucklin

Paul Kislanko kislanko at airmail.net
Mon Sep 26 16:45:11 PDT 2005

I still don't see why A+=B>others is any different from A>B>others. 
I'm sorry, but A+=B is the same as A>B and A=B+ is the same as B>A. If a
method uses the "+" to break ties it is only because it is a flawed method.


From: Simmons, Forest [mailto:simmonfo at up.edu] 
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 6:23 PM
To: election-methods at electorama.com
Subject: RE: Bucklin

Someone wrote:

I think the "+" to show "I like B better than A even though I ranked A=B"
disingenuous and unnecessary. If you prefer one of the equally ranked
alterntatives more than the other, just don't rank them equally. 
Forest Answers:
If Favorite B has no chance of winning, but Compromise A could get more than
50% of the first place votes with your help, then you are faced with a
dilemma:  Do I rank Compromise equal with Favorite, or do I take the chance
that Compromise may get beat by Worst C in the second round?
That's why the FBC cannot be satisfied when equal ranking is not allowed.
But when you rank Compromise equal to Favorite, it is nice to be able to
indicate (say with a plus) which of these is your real favorite, and to have
your favorite be the tie breaker, not your Compromise.

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