Re: GNOME Board of Directors Foundation Elections Spring 2009 - Preliminary results

On Fri, 2009-06-26 at 19:22 +0530, Arun Raghavan wrote:
2009/6/26 Dave Neary <dneary gnome org>:

Dave Neary wrote:

A small correction to explain exactly how random transfers work:

Well, actually, I just found out from the OpenSTV guys, that how Filippo
said is how they work.

In count 1, Vincent has 60 votes, they're shoved into a stack. The top 33
votes from the stack get redistributed in count 2. No randomness at all, no
shuffling, and we don't look at the distribution of the 2nd preferences to
calculate who gets what.

If I understand the system correctly, the randomness does exist - the
outcome is dependent on the order in which ballots are cast (or
counted), which can be thought of as a random process. Is this

I could easily conceive of scenarios in which the order
of votes received has a non-negligible correlation to
voter preference.

Time zones, work schedules, ability of a candidate to
galvanize his supporters to vote early, etc.

I'm not saying there is a correlation.  I'm just saying
I'm very distrustful of mere guesses that there is not.


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