[EM] Sainte-Lague vs d'Hondt for party list PR
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Wed Jul 4 11:10:20 PDT 2012
On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM, Juho Laatu <juho4880 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> On 3.7.2012, at 14.44, Michael Ossipoff wrote:
> No, but it's an unquestionable fact. For two intervals between consecutive
> integers, n to n+1, and N to N+1, the bigger N is, in comparison to n, the
> greater is the factor by which the N interval party's expected s/v is
> greater than the n party's expected s/v.
> AT large, or in large districts, N can be greater than n by a greater
> amount, meaning that d'Hondt's bias is greater. That gives more seats to a
> large party.
> It seems that you are talking about one district whose population varies,
> while I talk about a country (with constant population) where the number of
> districts (with district based D'Hondt allocation) varies.
No. I'm talking about what you're talking about: Dividing a country into
large districts (or one big at-large "district"), rather than into small
With d'Hondt, a large party gains more s/v expectation (where the party is
equally likely to be anywhere in its n to N+1 interval) in comparison to
that of a small party, when the country is divided into larger districts or
at-large, instead of smaller districts.
Do you agree that in the latter case the best strategy of the largest
parties is to have small districts?
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