Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

A Simple Solution for a Group Choosing a Restaurant

Contents:

Author Info

  • Tim Groseclose
  • Jeffrey Milyo

Abstract

Perhaps the common social choice problem that any of us face in practice is when we find ourselves in a group that must choose one restaurant at which all of us will eat. We propose a method where, similar to the I-choose-you-cut rule for dividing a cake, individuals in the group take turns restricting the set of choices for the group. Specifically, under our method the first person restricts the set of restaurants to a certain number the second person restricts the set to a smaller number and so on until the last person in the group selects one restaurant. We derive a formula for choosing these numbers such that — under a natural assumption about individual preferences - the probability that the group will choose any individual’s favorite restaurant is equal for each individual. For the case where there are only two people in the group and there are n restaurants, under our method the first person selects the square root of n restaurants. The second person then chooses one restaurant from this set. When there are k individuals, our method requires the first person to select n(k-1)/k restaurants. From this set the second person selects n(k-2)/k restaurants, and so on, until the final person selects one restaurant.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/about/publications/working-papers/pdf/wp_04_09.pdf
Our checks indicate that this address may not be valid because: 404 Not Found. If this is indeed the case, please notify (Eleanor Cartelli)
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago in its series Working Papers with number 0409.

as in new window
Length:
Date of creation: May 2004
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0409

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-8400
Email:
Web page: http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: social choice problem; solution;

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:har:wpaper:0409. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Eleanor Cartelli) The email address of this maintainer does not seem to be valid anymore. Please ask Eleanor Cartelli to update the entry or send us the correct address.

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.