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Selections from ordered sets

Daniele Checchi (), Gianni De Fraja () and Stefano Verzillo

Social Choice and Welfare, 2018, vol. 50, issue 4, No 5, 677-703

Abstract: Abstract We study the problem of evaluating whether the selection from a set is close to the ordering of the set determined by an exogenously given measure. Our main result is that three axioms, two naturally capturing “dominance”, and a stronger one imposing a form of symmetry in the comparison of selections, are sufficient to evaluate how close any selection from any set is to the given ordering of the set. This closeness is given by a very simple index, which is a linear function of the sum of the ranks of the selected elements. The paper ends by relating this index to the existing literature on distance between orderings, and also offers a practical application of the index.

Date: 2018
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