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January 29, 2010

Votes

About a month ago we (the ffmpeg team) voted about which name our NGO to which people soon will be able to donate should have. A sideeffect of that is that the world now has one more application to count votes using various condorcet methods, borda count and instant runoff voting. Get it from svn://mplayerhq.hu/michael/trunk/ffvotetov with your favorite command line svn client while its still fresh ;).

The vote itself went pretty well, we had a huge participation and it was quite fun :). Less funny was that murphy hit us and the winning choices “FFmedia/Foundation for free multimedia” domain name was already taken by some anonymous person through domaimsbyporxy, who asked us for cash even to just forward a message. Luckily the 2nd most popular choice “FFMTech/Foundation for free multimedia technolgies” didnt had that problem and was just by 1 vote behind so we picked that.

About which voting method is best, i dont know, but for our vote at least they all produced the same result most of the time while people added their votes. In that sense i wonder if any vote in reality that used a condorcet method actually ever needed rules beyond condorcet like the popular schulze method? Anyone knows? i checked debians past votes but it seemed they all had a condorcet winner

Filed under: FFmpeg — Michael @ 1:03

3 Comments »

  1. Take a look at Collective Decisions and Voting by Tideman. Specifically, I refer you to page 119 wherein he’s calculated exactly what you’re looking for. The jist of the page is that so long as there aren’t too many candidates and there are a lot of voters, Condorcet paradoxes aren’t really an issue.

    Comment by Brad Beattie — January 29, 2010 @ 3:47

  2. I got it with a GUI svn client. Sorry if it caused any trouble. At least the world didn’t collapse.

    Comment by Paul — January 29, 2010 @ 3:48

  3. > Take a look at Collective Decisions and Voting by Tideman.
    > Specifically, I refer you to page 119 wherein he’s calculated
    > exactly what you’re looking for.

    Thanks but i was looking for an example of an actual vote with human voters that had a cycle not some kind of awnser based on some kind of mathematical model of it.

    Comment by Michael — April 14, 2010 @ 2:24

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