Re: Please find evidence of >80bit election

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 12:29:59 CDT

At 1:15 PM -0400 5/5/04, David Mertz wrote:
>>Before we decide that 2-D barcodes are needed, let's find SOME
>>specific evidence for the need. My tool let's you determine
>>precisely and quantitatively how much actual information any
>>election contains.
>>If it's not more than 80 bits, it's not an argument for 2-D. Show
>>me the data!
>
>I constructed a hypothetical election for Cook County, IL. Based on
>Doug Jones' recollection, I guessed at 40 judicial retention issues.
>And to fill it out, I left on the first few single-selection
>multi-candidate contests that occurred on the demo. Here's what I
>get:
>
> $ ./election-entropy.py < cook-hyphothetical.data
> Election summary for OVC demo ballot (write-ins count as candidate)
>
> 15756334434937779726096 distinct votes are possible
> Optimal encoding is approximately: 74 bits
> Contests at bit-boundaries, approx: 92 bits
> Self-delimited (16 char symbology): 184 bits

Do your totals include header, DSS block(s), and any ECC codes, or
only the selections data?

Thanks.

Best regards,
Arthur

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