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Running a Mock Election for My Own Statistical Amusement

Posted 04-29-2016 at 06:27 AM by MeechMunchie
Piqued by a recent rewatch of the pleasingly brisk "Politics in the Animal Kingdom" videos by the ever-popular C.G.P. Grey, I decided to invest some time into learning the ins and outs of a modern democracy, simulate a small voter pool, and establish first-hand just how far the numbers can bend when nudged by savvy politicians.

Things I did not do this week: Eat, drink, sleep, wash, speak. Did I mention I might have ADHD? I need to look into that... I say that every day but never find the time, which I guess makes sense.

Anyway, bouyed by my modest success with randomised votes, I'd like to invite you all to participate in the

Animal Kingdom Regal Election 2016

and elect a new King of the Jungle! Ballots submitted shall be processed by yours truly and run through a few different scenarios, namely:

1. Direct First-Past-The-Post
2. Direct Alternative Vote
3. Representative FPTP
4. Representative Mixed-Member-Proportional (FPTP)
5. Representative MMP (AV)

and finally the "official" system, Reprentative Single Transferrable Vote (Droop Quota, Gregory Method). If you don't know what any of those things mean, great! I'm sure the results will be very enlightening for you.

So, without further ado, let's see the fated land...

Regis Animalia
Look I was tired OK

...and meet our aspiring monarchs.

Credit to Knut for the icons

Buffalo Steadfast and forthright
Gorilla Stoic and diplomatic
Jackalope Determined and idealistic
Lynx Crafty and ambitious
Monkey Savvy and economical*
Owl Calculating and pragmatic
Snake Fluent and opportunistic
Tarsier Security-focused and astute
Tiger Fierce and respectable
Turtle Wise and traditionalist

*albeit to preserve banana budget

I shall, of course, follow up with a full breakdown of the results once all the votes are in. Good luck!
Total Comments 9


Xorlidyr's Avatar
Vote for Snake: LGBTQ+ rights guaranteed.
Posted 04-29-2016 at 06:45 AM by Xorlidyr Xorlidyr is offline

MeechMunchie's Avatar
Posted 04-29-2016 at 06:58 AM by MeechMunchie MeechMunchie is offline

Vlam's Avatar
Why don't you post on OWF?
Posted 04-29-2016 at 07:51 AM by Vlam Vlam is offline

MeechMunchie's Avatar
Why do you?
Posted 04-29-2016 at 08:30 AM by MeechMunchie MeechMunchie is offline

MA's Avatar
Originally Posted by Vlam
Why don't you post on OWF?
no one likes you. that's why.

anyway i voted. Owl is the future!
Posted 04-29-2016 at 09:50 AM by MA MA is offline

Varrok's Avatar
Bullet Magnet?
Posted 04-29-2016 at 10:03 AM by Varrok Varrok is online now

Crashpunk's Avatar
Yeah I feel like they should be a Shark.
Posted 04-29-2016 at 03:10 PM by Crashpunk Crashpunk is offline

Dixanadu's Avatar
I'm noticing a frightful lack of a lion.

Did he get deposed? And ended up being throne away?
Posted 04-30-2016 at 01:14 AM by Dixanadu Dixanadu is offline

STM's Avatar
I voted for the jackalope bc he gonna build a big wall.
Posted 04-30-2016 at 09:16 AM by STM STM is offline


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