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2010.12: Collective Choice as Information Theory: Towards a Theory of Gravitas

2010.12: George Wilmers (2010) Collective Choice as Information Theory: Towards a Theory of Gravitas.

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Abstract

The present paper introduces a new approach to the the theory of voting in the context of binary collective choice, which seeks to define a dynamic optimal voting rule by using insights derived from the mathematical theory of information. In order to de¯ne such a voting rule, a method of defining a real-valued measure of the weight of independent opinion of an arbitrary set of voters is suggested, which is value free to the extent that it depends only on probabilistic information extracted from previous patterns of voting, but does not require for its definition any direct information concerning either the correctness or incorrectness of previous voting decisions, or the content of those decisions. The approach to the definition of such a measure, which the author calls gravitas, is axiomatic. The voting rule is then defined by comparing the gravitas of the set of those voters who vote for a given motion with the gravitas of the set of those who vote against that motion.

Item Type:MIMS Preprint
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 03 Mathematical logic and foundations
MSC 2000 > 91 Game theory, economics, social and behavioral sciences
MIMS number:2010.12
Deposited By:Ms Lucy van Russelt
Deposited On:18 January 2010

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