[EM] Fwd: Is it professional?

Benjamin Grant benn at 4efix.com
Mon Jun 24 09:27:29 PDT 2013

Isn't that what I said?  If not, where did I get it wrong?


-Benn Grant

eFix Computer Consulting

 <mailto:benn at 4efix.com> benn at 4efix.com



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I limit the collection of ranking info to up to 3 rankings per voter, which
is useful for practical purposes, and then treat the up to 3 rankings per
voter as approval votes to determine which three of the umpteen candidates
proceed.  I then process those three with the standard IRV to find the





On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Benjamin Grant <panjakrejn at gmail.com
<mailto:panjakrejn at gmail.com> > wrote:

So if I understand you:


You have a single election. You permit people to rank up to 3 candidates, no
more.  You eliminate form consideration all but the top 3 people who were
ranked, regardless of what rank they got. Then, with only those three left,
you proceed to process them with standard IRV to find the winner.


Is that a correct summation of you system, do I understand it right?


On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM, David L Wetzell <wetzelld at gmail.com
<mailto:wetzelld at gmail.com> > wrote:

To: Benjamin Grant <benn at 4efix.com <mailto:benn at 4efix.com> >


Most IRV in real world limits the rankings to 3 candidates per voter.  
In my approach, I treat the rankings as approval votes in the first round 

and tally up the number of times each candidate gets "ranked" to determine 3
finalists.There are 10 ways to rank 3 finalists so I sort the votes into
these 10 categories, tally them up and use the info to have an instant
runoff vote among the 3 finalists.

Ben, this is the approach that I said gave the same result for all of the
cases you brought up in your initial email to the list, which illustrated
why you thought IRV was flawed.




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