On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, Caleb Welton wrote:
"This table has no contradictions," This is only valid if you assert that B = C AND B > D BUT C !> D is not a contradiction. If you think B and C are equally strong, how can you believe that only one of them is better than D?
I don't think B and C are equally strong. I have come to no conclusion about which one is stronger. That's what a blank spot on the matrix means -- or a "tie" in the listing method. In fact, if you strip away the framing A and E, it's exactly the same as leaving C off the ballot; and we know that an incomplete ballot expresses "no opinion".
To put it another way: the listing method obscures the distinction between "unresolved" and "exactly equal". That's why it's less expressive.
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