[EM] Teams

Susan Simmons suzerainsimmons at outlook.com
Fri Jul 9 18:56:53 PDT 2021


Let's take adavantage of Robert Bristow-Johnson's valuable experience when we approach the tricky business of writing and submitting legal language for a ballot initiative.

The definition of the method, as I envision it, will be a technical elaboration of your core description, while in turn the voter pamphlet explanation to the average voter will be a user friendly elaboration of the same, complete with faq's, etc.

It would be great if somebody with the time, energy, and vision could start a website....


to spread the word, test the waters, etc.

We need a really good name with a good acronymn ... ????

Jobst (inventor of River) is super busy, but nobody is more astute in this arena.

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-------- Original message --------
From: Daniel Carrera <dcarrera at gmail.com>
Date: 7/9/21 4:41 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Susan Simmons <suzerainsimmons at outlook.com>
Cc: election-methods at lists.electorama.com
Subject: Re: [EM] Teams

On Fri, Jul 9, 2021 at 4:27 PM Susan Simmons <suzerainsimmons at outlook.com<mailto:suzerainsimmons at outlook.com>> wrote:
Did anybody recognize Teams as a reformulation of River?

It shows that it is not necessary to explicify the implicit tree structure induced by the successive engulfing of one team by another.

Does this simplified formulation increase River's chances of public adoption?

It took me some effort to understand the Teams method, but maybe I'm not a good test. I'm only a little smarter than your average koala ;-)  But let me offer a different way to write the Teams / River method that might be a little easier to follow. Among other things, I removed the sports analogy, moved some of the core concepts higher up, and inserted some redundancy. Let me know what you think:

Overview... the count is based on the pairwise support matrix.

The winner is elected via a series of rounds in which candidates are merged into groups, where each group has a unique head. The first round begins with every candidate being the sole member of a one-member group. Each round consists of two steps:

1. Identify two groups to merge. Find the group “A” for which the head of the group has the greatest pairwise loss against any member of another group.

2. Group “A” is merged into the group of the pairwise winner from step (1) and the previous head of group “A” is no longer the head of any group.

The rounds end when all candidates have been merged into one group. The head of this one group is elected.

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