Re: GNOME Foundation Board Elections Spring 2012 - Preliminary Results

Hi Bastien,

On 06/11/2012 02:56 PM, Bastien Nocera wrote:
Reading the results[1], I saw in round 3:
"Candidate Bastien Nocera was chosen by breaking the tie randomly."

How was this done randomly? What would the results have been if
Emmanuele was selected as the tie-breaker instead?

In this particular situation, yourself and Emmanuele both got 29 "number one" votes, and none of Joanie's 43 voters had either of you as their second choice - so you're strictly equal with 29.0000 votes after the second round.

If your pile is chosen first, you need 24 to get elected, so 5 ballots are being distributed, and each ballot of yours is allocated avalue of 5/29 votes. Votes where you are #1 and Emmanuele is #2 would add some extra votes to his pile which would be distributed afterwards - if there were any, we would have to think a little more to see if that might change the result. In the circumstances, no votes transferred from you to Emmanuele, so the order doesn't actually matter. The #2 (or #3 or #4 if, say, Joanie and you were #s 2 and 3) of each of his 29 ballots gets a value of 5/29.

If there had been some votes that transferred from you to Emmanuele (let's say 3 of 29) then each of those votes would then transfer with a value of 3*5/29 votes from you to Emmanuele (for argument's sake, let's call that 0.5), and then he'd have 5.5 votes to transfer, and each of those ballots would transfer with a weight of 5.5/29 (the three transfers would have a value of 5/29*5.5/29, in other words not very much).

Long story short, it doesn't matter because any votes which would have transferred from Emmanuele to you would have been transferred on with the same value when your surplus was distributed.


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org
Jabber: nearyd gmail com

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