[EM] Debian 2003 (Re: I could use some help with advocacy)

Kristofer Munsterhjelm km_elmet at t-online.de
Sat Apr 17 05:05:02 PDT 2021

On 17/04/2021 11.03, Rob Lanphier wrote:

> Before Burlington 2009, that 2003 DPL election ("Debian 2003") was my
> standard example of a real-world Condorcet<->IRV discrepancy.  Shortly
> after the Debian 2003 election was held, I analyzed the results, and
> wrote up my findings, publishing an essay on Electorama.  I recently
> republished those findings on Electowiki:
> <https://electowiki.org/wiki/User:RobLa/Debian2003>
> The DPL election wasn't a municipal election, so it's not as
> interesting as government-administered elections.  Still, it's
> interesting because the people voting in the election were not voting
> nerds, but rather, were keenly interested in the results of the
> election for the sake of their project.  It appeared to be a close
> election in 2003.

That's a good example of IRV's chaos problem - that a slight
modification to the ballots can unpredictably change who the winner is.
Every Condorcet-compliant variant of IRV (naturally) cuts the chaos from
the regions where there's a CW.


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