# [EM] Simple Symmetrical MJ (one important detail)

Forest Simmons forest.simmons21 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 23 23:41:18 PDT 2021

```If there are just two categories left, and neither one has a majority, what
does it mean to fold them into their nearest neighbor categories? ... fold
them into each other, and admit a tie between two categories as the
Majority Judgment?  That's not the kind of tie we are equipped to deal with.

An odd number of categories at the outset will always prevent a category
tie, so for each candidate a definite MJ will always be produced.

Then the only ties to worry about are ties between candidates, which can be
resolved by the standard MJ tie breaking procedure (remove the current tied
mj, one copy at a time at a time from each tied candidate's collection of
judgments ... until the ties are resolved or shown to be absolute ties ...
leaving only the empty set for the candidates' common judgment basis).

To me this is a deal breaker ... we cannot go with six categories! Choose
three, five, seven, or nine, depending on the context ... how many and what
kind of candidates ... human or inanimate choices/alternatives ...what kind
of voters, etc.

FWS

El sáb., 23 de oct. de 2021 10:58 p. m., Forest Simmons <
forest.simmons21 at gmail.com> escribió:

> This works for any number of categories ... kind of like a symmetrical
> version of Borda ... except that the collapses are done independently
> rather than in concert ...
>
> WHILE there remains more than one judgment category inhabited by ballot
> judgments for X ...
> IF one of the outer two categories has more than half of X's ballot
> judgments ...
> THEN .... fold all of the other categories into that one majority
> category...
> ELSE ... fold the two outer categories into their nearest neighbors...
> END WHILE
>
> The sole remaining category has the MJ for X.
>
> Finally!! ...the simple version of MJ that works for any number of
> judgment categories!!!
>
> If six is your favorite, no problem; we can do it!
>
> We could use MJ itself to find the best number (i.e. majority judgment
> number) of slots for public political elections.
>
> STAR, ASM(Ted Stern's version), and Standard MJ all use six slots ... any
> reasons to change to five or seven?
>
> FWS
>
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