[EM] Second (and higher)-order methods?

robert bristow-johnson rbj at audioimagination.com
Mon Apr 30 18:56:47 PDT 2012

On 4/30/12 5:11 PM, Paul Kislanko wrote:
> I always thought the “Condorcet is like a round-robin athletic 
> tournament” analogy was weak, because individual voters don’t get to 
> go through the round-robin and make their pairwise preferences 
> explicit. (As a voter, I’d find a “better/worse” pairwise choice for 
> all pairs easier than filling out a ranked ballot, ...

Paul, I find it difficult to understand how you, as an individual, can 
make a set of explicit pair preferences without it being equivalent to a 
ranked ballot. an individual is not an entire electorate. it's not 
multiple personality disorder if it's multiple persons. an entire 
electorate can create a condorcet cycle but i just don't understand how 
a single voter can. if you like A better than B and B better than C, you 
like A better than C, no?

then i can't see the issue of deriving pairwise preference from ranking 
or the inverse. it shouldn't matter.

or should we allow for cyclical preferences in a single ballot?


r b-j                  rbj at audioimagination.com

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