Re: Re: Election entropy as CGI interface

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 09 2004 - 18:55:58 CDT

At 6:59 PM -0400 5/9/04, David Mertz wrote:
>On May 9, 2004, at 5:38 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>>http://gnosis.cx/cgi-bin/entropy.cgi
>>The alphabet size should default to 8 if people don't have a better one.
>
>Why?
>
>It's easy enough to change, but what makes 8 special? (other than
>the fact it's a power of two, but so is 16). My guess about
>barcodes was that more would have a 16 letter alphabet than an 8
>letter one... but I could easily be wrong on this.

16 is fine too. So is 10 for a decimal system. But there should be
a default, and 8 or 16 or 10 are all reasonable. So I suggested 8,
in part because it works well for yes/no/undecided contests (and I
expect there to be a lot of those).

Also, in any vote encoding scheme, the all zero's encoding should
probably be dropped. Perhaps the all 1's encoding should be dropped
too. It's too easy to make all zero's by mistake.

Best regards,
Arthur

-- 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
==================================================================
= The content of this message, with the exception of any external 
= quotations under fair use, are released to the Public Domain    
==================================================================
Received on Mon May 31 23:17:28 2004

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Mon May 31 2004 - 23:18:16 CDT