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Re: [Icehouse] IGDC Tallying and Other Procedures

  • FromDale Sheldon <dales@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 28 Sep 2007 12:04:35 -0400 (EDT)
On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, David Artman wrote:

So one might have this as a ballot, then:
1) A
2) B, C
4) D, E, F, G
8) H

And the algorithm will handle it?

Yup. It'd break down to A>B, A>C, A>D, A>E, A>F, A>G, A>H, B>D, B>E, B>F, B>G. B>H, C>D, C>E, C>F, C>G, C>H, D>H, E>H, F>H, and G>H, with no opinion on BvC, DvE, DvF, DvG, EvF, EvG, or FvG. And you can pump that right into the marginal vote table.

I could certainly make it more clear that one can send in rankings like that, by merely stating something like "you may rank games as tied for a particular rank, in which case the next rank is lowered for each extra game in the tie (e.g. if you rank three games as tied for first, the next game you list is ranked fourth)."

That wording is a bit confusing, but sure (and the numerical ordering doesn't really matter, just the relative ordering, so it doesn't matter what number you put next to each group of tied candidates.) (Also, allowing people to vote more tied contests into their ballot does increase the chance of a tied final result, if that is a concern.)

(Really, you could think of your ballot as an 8x8 grid, and you can put
either a + or a - in each square, or leave it blank

I could also easily provide such a ballot

Oh, no; listing them in ranked order (even allowing ties) is much, much easier. But from a conceptual standpoint, the two are equivalent. (And it'd be only n*(n-1)/2, since the +s and -s have to be matched and candidates don't compete against themselves.)

Should the judging period be longer, perhaps adjusted for the number of games submitted?

That's a good idea.

Dale Sheldon