[EM] IRV proponents figure out how to make IRV precinct-summable

Jonathan Lundell jlundell at pobox.com
Tue Mar 24 17:49:26 PDT 2009

On Mar 24, 2009, at 5:28 PM, Gervase Lam wrote:

> IRV can be made sort of summable:
> <http://lists.electorama.com/htdig.cgi/election-methods-electorama.com/2001-September/006595.html 
> >
> Buddha Buck replied with an IRV example that much more clearly  
> explained
> the method:
> <http://lists.electorama.com/htdig.cgi/election-methods-electorama.com/2001-September/006598.html 
> >
> Quite neat I think.

Yes, but...what's the point? That is, what problem are you trying to  
solve, exactly?

If you're in a position to compute the matrix, why not simply send the  
file of ballot data? It's not as if it's going to be prohibitively  
large. The 2008 US Presidential election had ~13 million votes in  
California, the largest state. Ten candidates at a byte per candidate  
would only be order of a 100MB for the entire state, before  
compression. Heck, I've got mp3's bigger than that.

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