Short Name Abbreviations

Short names are a consise summary of the key parameters for a simulation.

The first two letters are the riding design with a possible variant. They are:

  • FP: 338 single-member ridings
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  • SM: STV with medium-sized multi-member ridings
  • SS: STV with small multi-member ridings
  • MS: MMP with small regions
  • MM: MMP with medium-sized regions
  • ME: MMP with 338 local ridings (enlarged Parliament)
  • ML: MMP with 338 local ridings (enlarged Parliament; provincial regions)
  • RS: Rural-Urban with more single-member ridings
  • RE: Rural-Urban with more single-member ridings and an enlarged Parliament
  • RE: Rural-Urban with more single-member ridings and 10% top-up; provincial regions
  • RM: Rural-Urban with more multi-member ridings and fewer single-member ridings
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  • Ki: Kingsley's model (similar to Rural-Urban, but with no top-up seats)
  • ER: ERRE RU that gets top-ups from large multi-member ridings
  • ER: ERRE RU that gets top-ups from large multi-member ridings; region = province
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The third letter is the election strategy used in single-member ridings. They are:

  • F:

    First-Past-The-Post -- the candidate with the most votes wins.

  • A:

    Alternative Vote: Elect one winner using a ranked ballot. Drop the least popular candidate and redistribute their ballots to the next choice candidate until one candidate has at least 50%+1. Use a 2nd choice function based on Ekos polling.

The fourth letter is the election strategy used in multi-member ridings. They are:

  • S:

    Single Transferable Vote: Elect one or more winners using a ranked ballot. Establish a 'quota' or maximum number of votes required to be elected. Call that number 'Q'.

    If a candidate has more than Q votes, declare the candidate elected and transfer any votes more than Q to other candidates according to the preferences expressed on the ballots. If no candidate has Q votes, drop the one with the least votes and transfer their votes to other candidates according to the preferences expressed on the ballots.

  • L:

    Calculate the number of votes for each party and from that the determine the number of seats won by each party using a highest averages method -- specifically as described in "Quota system". After calculating the number of seats for each party, make a list of all the candidates for the party, ordered by number of votes in the 2015 election, and choose the first n candidates as the winners.

  • rcSTV:

    An STV-like strategy that guarantees electing a candidate in each old riding that makes up a multi-member riding.

  • x:

    No election strategy is applicable in this situation.