# Talk:Pairwise counting

I suggest using this table concept from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Burlington_mayoral_election#Analysis_of_the_2009_election

Pairwise preference combinations:[21][26]

wi JS DS KW BK AM

AM	Andy

Montroll (5–0)

5 Wins ↓

BK	Bob

Kiss (4–1)

1 Loss → ↓ 4 Wins

4067 (AM) – 3477 (BK)

KW	Kurt

Wright (3–2)

2 Losses → 3 Wins ↓

4314 (BK) – 4064 (KW)

4597 (AM) – 3668 (KW)

DS	Dan

Smith (2–3)

3 Losses → 2 Wins ↓

3975 (KW) – 3793 (DS)

3946 (BK) – 3577 (DS)

4573 (AM) – 2998 (DS)

JS	James

Simpson (1–4)

4 Losses → 1 Win ↓

5573 (DS) – 721 (JS)

5274 (KW) – 1309 (JS)

5517 (BK) – 845 (JS)

6267 (AM) – 591 (JS)

wi	Write-in (0–5)	5 Losses →	3338 (JS) –

165 (wi)

6057 (DS) – 117 (wi)

6063 (KW) – 163 (wi)

6149 (BK) – 116 (wi)

6658 (AM) – 104 (wi)

BetterVotingAdvocacy (talk) 08:50, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

When the vote-counting method is specified, this alternate format has some advantages for some voters. (Yet other voters will be overwhelmed with TMI (too much information.)) However, this article must remain neutral about how the pairwise counts are used. The above example is not neutral because it specifies win counts, and because the order of candidates is clearly not neutral. If you want to insert a grid with real numbers then the Tennessee example could be used, but the sequence would be the sequence used in the ballots table (not a "winning" sequence). VoteFair (talk) 18:45, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Another thing to point out about pairwise counting: when you"re trying to demonstrate a CW, it may be easiest to show their weakest victory (either in margins or winning votes) instead of showing every pairwise contest. So, "the CW gets at least 52% or more of the voters with preferences preferring them over anyone else." BetterVotingAdvocacy (talk) 21:40, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
If you want to refer to Condorcet methods feel free to add a section on that topic.
I added the sentence: "In cases where only some pairwise counts are of interest, those pairwise counts can be displayed in a table with fewer table cells."
Please note that this article is not intended to overlap with articles about Condorcet winners (CWs). Specifically not all vote-counting methods that use pairwise counting comply with the Condorcet criterion. VoteFair (talk) 04:57, 19 January 2020 (UTC)
To [User:BetterVotingAdvocacy], I added a new examples section where you can now add the kind of table you recommend. VoteFair (talk) 18:51, 21 January 2020 (UTC)

User:VoteFair, with regards to this edit (https://electowiki.org/w/index.php?title=Pairwise_counting&oldid=8660) which moved the large image to a lower section, I think that image should be in the section relating to how to do pairwise counting on various ballot types (what you titled as "Example using rated (score) ballots"), since that's what the image described. I'd like to ask you what you think before making any edits, though. Edit: I decided to just move that image even further down the article, and to add a few details to the section on doing pairwise counting with various ballot types instead. BetterVotingAdvocacy (talk) 17:19, 15 March 2020 (UTC)

That image needs to be converted into paragraphs of text with inserted graphics/images where it isn't just text. Currently it is much, much too tall! In addition it might need to be put into a new article -- or several existing articles -- because it appears to be about a few specific vote-counting methods. This article (about pairwise counting) should JUST be about pairwise counting, and not about specific ways of using the pairwise counts. VoteFair (talk) 22:52, 16 March 2020 (UTC)