Election Entropy

Configuration Sample

#TYPE   M of N  # (optional) comments on contest
# Election summary for OVC demo (write-ins count as candidate)
single  8       # Prez, 7 candidates plus write-in
single  8       # Senator
single  3       # Representative
single  3       # Treasurer
single  4       # AG
single  3       # Edu Commis
single  4       # State Senate
single  3       # Assembly
single  2       # Transportation initiative
single  2       # health care
single  2       # term limit
multi   3   10  # Cat Catcher
ranked  8   8   # County Commissioner

Election Data to Analyze


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Election summary for OVC demo (write-ins count as candidate)
269995136716800 distinct votes are possible
Optimal encoding is approximately:   48 bits
Contests at bit-boundaries, approx:  53 bits
Self-delimited (8 char symbology):  84 bits 

Vote Space  Optimal  Self-Delim
----------  -------  ----------
      9          4          6
      9          4          6
      4          2          3
      4          2          3
      5          3          6
      4          2          3
      5          3          6
      4          2          3
      3          2          3
      3          2          3
      3          2          3
    176          8         12
 109601         17         27