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Should social network structure be taken into account in elections?

  • Conitzer, Vincent
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    If the social network structure among the voters in an election is known, how should this be taken into account by the voting rule? In this brief article, I argue, via the maximum likelihood approach to voting, that it is optimal to ignore the social network structure altogether—one person, one vote.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 64 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 100-102

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