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Re: [Icehouse] Design Competition?

  • FromDale Sheldon <dales@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 12 Jul 2007 12:24:56 -0400 (EDT)
On Thu, 12 Jul 2007, Don Sheldon wrote:

7) Ranking will be tallied using [insert clever and fair method here; ideas? I don't understand the Condorcet Ranked-Pairs system. We have to be able to handle partial ballots.]

I highly recommend Instant-Runoff Voting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting) for being both fair and, well, instantaneous, as well as very easy to use from a end-user perspective.

I prefer any kind of Condorcet method over IRV.

Read the example to see how the two differ in practice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRV#Example

Condorcet is no more-difficult for voters than IRV, only slightly harder on the vote-counters, is easier for determining runners up, and produces, I think, a better evaluation of over-all acceptableness (IRV is more likely to get you a game half the voters hate and half the voters love; condorcet is more likely to get you a game that everyone at least likes).

There's just that nasty annoying Condorcet paradox that you have to come up with some kind of tie-breaker for.

Dale Sheldon