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Exploratory Analysis of Similarities Between Social Choice Rules


  • John C. McCabe-Dansted

    (University of Auckland)

  • Arkadii Slinko

    () (University of Auckland)


Abstract Nurmi (1987) investigated the relationship between voting rules by determining the frequency that two rules pick the same winner. We use statistical techniques such as hierarchical clustering and multidimensional scaling to further understand the relationships between rules. We use the urn model with a parameter representing contagion to model the presence of social homogeneity within the group of agents and investigate how the classification tree of the rules changes when the homogeneity of the voting population is increased. We discovered that the topology of the classification tree changes quite substantially when the parameter of homogeneity is increased from 0 to 1. We describe the most interesting changes and explain some of them. Most common social choice rules are included, 26 in total.

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  • John C. McCabe-Dansted & Arkadii Slinko, 2006. "Exploratory Analysis of Similarities Between Social Choice Rules," Group Decision and Negotiation, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 77-107, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:grdene:v:15:y:2006:i:1:d:10.1007_s10726-005-9007-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s10726-005-9007-5

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    Cited by:

    1. Alexander V. Karpov, 2018. "An Informational Basis for Voting Rules," HSE Working papers WP BRP 188/EC/2018, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    2. Piotr Faliszewski & Arkadii Slinko & Kolja Stahl & Nimrod Talmon, 2018. "Achieving fully proportional representation by clustering voters," Journal of Heuristics, Springer, vol. 24(5), pages 725-756, October.


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