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Simulating STV hand-counting by computers considered harmful: A.C.T

Goré, Rajeev; Lebedeva, Ekaterina


We outline various ways in which the single transferable vote-counting (STV) algorithm used by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) differs from the basic STV algorithm as well-known from social choice theory. Most of these differences were instituted to make it easier and faster to determine the result of counting around 300,000 ballots by hand. We give small examples to show how such “simplifications” can lead to counter-intuitive results. We also argue that these...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52240-1_9


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