, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 459-487

An assessment of voting system simulations

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Abstract

In applying the results of the social choice theory to voting procedures, the question arises as to how often the various anomalies can be expected to occur. Computer simulations and probability modelling are common approaches to address this problem. This article is an attempt to find out the robustness of the so-called impartial culture assumption. For this purpose first a major perturbation of the impartial culture assumption is considered and, thereafter, we focus on a few minor modifications of the assumption.

The author wishes to thank Professor Bernard Grofman for suggesting the problem discussed in the article. The comments of anonymous referees are gratefully acknowledged. The work reported in this article has been supported by the Academy of Finland grant 11178-8.