Re: [OVC-discuss] Ranked Choice Math

From: Dylan Hirsch-Shell <dylanhs_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Aug 08 2008 - 02:08:33 CDT

On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM, Charlie Strauss <cems@earthlink.net> wrote:

> Range voting is not practical (unless the range is zero to 4) on a
> system with 3 read heads. However, Range voting is a very intriguing
> method of voting worthy of more study. it might possibly be optimal
> by many criteria, but I wont' quite sign off on that till I (or
> someone else) looks at it's game theoretic strategies more
> carefully. It does appear that the "range" tend to collapse towards
> approval voting when one votes strategically rather than ranking ones
> "true" rating of the candidates.
>

Sorry for dredging up this ancient topic, but is this the study of the game
theoretic optimality of various voting systems you were hoping someone might
do?:

http://rangevoting.org/UniqBest.html

(Punchline: Range voting was the best (had lowest Bayesian regret, up to
statistically insignificant noise) with either honest voters, or with
strategic voters.)

Anyway, the folks at the Center for Range Voting (CRV; www.rangevoting.org)
also claim that range voting *can* be implemented on *all* current voting
machines without much pain:
http://www.rangevoting.org/VMSumm.html

Of course, having a voting machine like OVC's that could be relatively
easily tailored to range voting would be even better.

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