[EM] smith/schwartz/landau

robert bristow-johnson rbj at audioimagination.com
Wed Mar 28 13:29:32 PDT 2018

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Subject: Re: [EM] smith/schwartz/landau

From: "Curt" <accounts at museworld.com>

Date: Wed, March 28, 2018 1:08 pm

To: "EM" <election-methods at lists.electorama.com>


> Number of voters in a margin is meaningless to Condorcet methods. All that matters is whether a majority is reached. Beyond that, it is impossible to characterize that majority.
well, we have an ancillary concept in elections that we sometimes call "mandate".  seems to me
that margin has something to do with an election winner's mandate.
> Incidentally, this does point to what I believe *is* a major downside of a Condorcet method - it’s by definition entirely unsuitable for figuring proportional representation, ...
are we discussing single winner
elections here or multi-winner elections?
> ... because that again would imbuing vote margins with utility concepts.
if we accept the premise of One-Person-One -Vote, which assigns equal utility to each voter's preference, seems to me that margins are directly related to overall
utility for the voting population.


r b-j                         rbj at audioimagination.com

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