# [EM] "Mutual Plurality" criterion suggestion

Chris Benham cbenhamau at yahoo.com.au
Mon Jul 30 09:55:58 PDT 2018

Greg,

Sorry to be so tardy in replying.

Your idea seems fine to me.

Chris Benham

On 7/07/2018 1:10 AM, Greg Dennis wrote:
> offer what I believe is an equivalent formulation of it. I'm not
> saying this is _the_ way it should be expressed, but this formulation
> helps me see the importance of the property:
>
> Consider a set S of candidates such that the following is true. For
> every candidate C outside of S, exclude all the ballots that express
> indifference between C and all the candidates in S (i.e. C+S all
> equally ranked, perhaps left off the ballot altogether), more than
> half of the remaining ballots (aka the "relevant ballots"), prefer
> every member of S to C. If there exists an S, the winner must come from S.
>
> Do you agree this is equivalent or have I missed something? If so, I
> like how this formulation reveals the "majority" threshold lurking
> inside the original formulation, and to me makes the name Mutual
> Relevant Majority tempting.
>
> On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 1:17 PM, Chris Benham <cbenhamau at yahoo.com.au
> <mailto:cbenhamau at yahoo.com.au>> wrote:
>
>     Greg,
>
>     I did have, but that wasn't it.  For the purpose of applying the
>     test to methods, I think I defined it thus:
>
>     *If there is some losing candidate X  with fewer above-bottom
>     votes than any other candidate, and all the ballots either
>     vote X below all other candidates (or ignore/truncate X) or vote X
>     above all other candidates and all the other candidates equal bottom
>     (or ignored/truncated), then removing any number of the
>     X-supporting ballots can't change the result.*
>
>     Maybe a better version is possible. My idea is that those
>     ballots   contain no information about any of the remotely competitive
>     candidates, but would normally (in jurisdictions that allow
>     truncation or voting candidates equal-bottom)) be counted as
>     valid, which
>     might not be the case if the criterion just talked about "blank"
>     ballots.
>
>     Chris Benham
>
>
>     On 11/05/2018 7:44 PM, Greg Dennis wrote:
>
>         Chris, do you have a precise definition of "irrelevant
>         ballot"? Just a ballot that expresses indifference between the
>         smallest mutual majority set?
>
>
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