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Topic: Math and the electoral college's virtue
Replies: 27   Last Post: Mar 30, 2007 6:07 AM

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 Dan Goodman Posts: 78 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Math and the electoral college's virtue
Posted: Nov 10, 2000 2:04 PM

It's an interesting article, although I have a few criticisms of Natapoff's
analysis. Firstly, the notion of voter power, is it meaningful? It doesn't
seem to be to me. Secondly, assuming that it is meaningful, it seems
(although it's not entirely clear from the article) that he is comparing the
expected voting power of a randomly chosen individual in the two systems
under consideration, and it isn't clear that this is the best comparison
(how about comparing the minimum voting powers as would be suggested by a
minimax idea?).

I came up with an interesting idea which I haven't really had much time to
play with yet, the idea of "random democracy". Rather than choosing the
president (or whatever) based on who has the most votes (be they electoral
college or individual votes), you get everyone to vote, and then you
randomly (uniformly) select an individual vote from all the votes cast and
make the decision based solely on that. Statistically speaking it's superior
to the "maximum number of votes" principle, because everyone's vote is
(statistically) of exactly equal value, whereas this isn't true in a
vote as far as choosing the president is concerned, although it does serve
another purpose). Of course, there are problems with this system, but I
think it's an interesting idea nonetheless.

Dan Goodman

Chip Eastham <chip_eastham@my-deja.com> wrote in message
news://8uhak9\$8vu\$1@nnrp1.deja.com...
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>
> Check out this nontechnical discussion of a mathematical analysis of
> the democratic virtue of the Electoral College in choosing the U.S.
> Presidents:
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> http://www.avagara.com/e_c/reference/00012001.htm
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> Regards,
> Chip
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11/10/00 chip_eastham@my-deja.com
11/10/00 Dan Goodman
11/11/00 Marc Fleury
11/12/00 Jim Dars
11/14/00 denis-feldmann
11/14/00 Dan Goodman
11/20/00 Chip Eastham
11/20/00 Herman Rubin
11/20/00 Dan Goodman
11/22/00 Herman Rubin
11/22/00 Dan Goodman
11/12/00 Jon and Mary Frances Miller
11/12/00 Gerry Myerson
11/12/00 Ronald Bruck
11/12/00 Steve Lord
11/13/00 Barry Schwarz
11/13/00 Alan Morgan
11/11/00 David C. Ullrich
11/13/00 Mike Oliver
11/16/00 Robert Harrison
11/17/00 Mike Oliver
11/20/00 Keith Ramsay
11/20/00 Mike Oliver
11/20/00 David C. Ullrich
11/17/00 useless_bum@my-deja.com
11/28/00 Danny Purvis
11/28/00 LOUIS RAYMOND GIELE
3/30/07 Ross Finlayson