Distance from Consensus: A Theme and Variations

  • Tommi Meskanen
  • Hannu Nurmi
Part of the Studies in Choice and Welfare book series (WELFARE)


Social choice theory deals with aggregating individual opinions into social choices. Over the past decades a large number of choice methods have been evaluated in terms of various criteria of performance. We focus on methods that can be viewed as distance minimizing ones in the sense that they can be analyzed in terms of a goal state of consensus and the methods themselves can be seen as minimizing the distance of the observed profile from that consensus. The methods, thus, provide a way of measuring the degree of disagreement prevailing in the profile.


Voting systems metrics consensus outranking tournament 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tommi Meskanen
    • 1
  • Hannu Nurmi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TurkuTurku
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TurkuTurku

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