27 Jun 2012 18:45

## Typo. Convenient terms.

In my most recent posting, I said:

"I didn't ask to minimize the max s/p. I asked to minimize, over all of the pairs of states, the amount by which one state's s/p differs from that of the other."

The meaning is probably clear, but I should add "...maximum...", before the word "amount".

So it should say:

"I didn't ask to minimize the maximum s/p. I asked to minimize, over all of the pairs of states, the maximum amount by which the s/p of one of those two states differs from
that of the other."

Also, p, a state's population, is really an unwieldly and impractically large number for these purposes.

I've therefore often been speaking of Hare quotas as a measure of population.

For the purposes of discussing Sainte-Lague/Webster, or other divisor methods such as d'Hondt, I'd rather use "q" to stand for the quotient resulting from division of the state's population by the final divisor, the divisor that results in the desired number of seats.

When not discussing divisor methods, the Hare quota might be the most convenient population measure to speak of. If I'm going to use "q" to refer to a state's number of Hare quotas, I'll say so in advance. Otherwise, in my usage, "q" means the result of dividing the state's population by the final divisor, as described above. That's the number that I've previously called the state's "cps".

So, I'll speak of "s/q" instead of s/p. And, instead of the unwieldly "s/q_i", I'll just use "M" standing for "middle", to represent the ideal s/q value for all of the states.

I don't know if there will be any more discussion about this, but, if there is, I wanted to say what terms I'd use. Anyway,even if there isn't, I like clarifying these things.

Mike Ossipoff

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