BPW (for Beats Plurality Winner) is a Condorcet completion method invented and studied by Eivind Stensholt as an attempt to reduce burial incentive.[1] It is only defined for up to three candidates and doesn't have an obvious way of being expanded to more. In the absence of a CW, one elects the candidate who defeats the FPP winner pairwise.


One could potentially extend BPW to all elections by 1) first eliminating everyone not in a particular set (i.e. the Smith set) before running BPW, and/or 2) using another voting method to reduce the number of candidates down to three.


  1. Stensholt, Eivind (2008-06-12). "Condorcet Methods - When, Why and How?". Rochester, NY. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)