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Elections generate all binary relations on infinite sets


  • Knoblauch, Vicki


Every binary relation on an infinite set can be represented by an election in which each voter’s preferences are quasi-transitive and complete (except possibly not reflexive) and in which the electorate has smaller cardinality than or the same cardinality as the set of alternatives, depending on the cardinality of that set.

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  • Knoblauch, Vicki, 2016. "Elections generate all binary relations on infinite sets," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 105-108.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:84:y:2016:i:c:p:105-108
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mathsocsci.2016.10.002

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    1. Knoblauch, Vicki, 2013. "A simple voting scheme generates all binary relations on finite sets," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(3), pages 230-233.
    2. Bosi, Gianni & Herden, Gerhard, 2016. "On continuous multi-utility representations of semi-closed and closed preorders," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 20-29.
    3. Mark Fey, 2004. "May’s Theorem with an infinite population," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 23(2), pages 275-293, October.
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