Pairwise Voting

     Pairwise voting is a special type of voting that enables processing your votes on items in pairs. Rather than browsing through a list of ideas, and choosing a few to vote upon, the system takes you through a simple and quick voting sequence between a set of ideas, and you express your preference of one over the other as you see each pair. It is an engaging way to encourage voting and idea discovery. Our approach to intelligent pairwise voting eliminates the herding behaviors that result in the power law of voting, where everyone sees and votes on the same ideas (e.g. those on the leaderboard). Instead, the system selects the ideas to present to each user in an intelligent way that ensures the pool of ideas gets equal face-time and vote opportunities across the entire crowd of users.

    How many unique pairs are a part of my Pairwise Voting phase?

    The number of pairs you will have in your Pairwise Voting phase is determined by the following formula where n equals the number of ideas you will have in your voting phase. Some districts pull out ideas just before Pairwise Voting that can be easily implemented. These are low/no cost solutions that can be considered “quick wins”.


    For example, if a district has 31 ideas and they pull out 3 ideas as quick wins, they will have 28 ideas in the Pairwise Voting phase. Therefore, n=28 and the total number of possible pairs to vote on is 378.


    Here are some important things to know about Pairwise Voting.


    • Idea champions will not see their own idea. We recommend that you tell all Idea Champions this a number of times prior to voting.
    • There is an “undo” button in the lower left hand corner of the voting page. If a voter was too quick, they can “undo” the last vote
    • Voting happens in sets of 15. There is a counter on the bottom right hand side of the voting page. There is nothing functional about this counter except a way to provide context for voters (how many have I done?, start and stop opportunities).
    • Once a voter has completed a set of 15 pairs there is an opportunity to stop or to keep voting. Voting does not take much time so I would encourage voters to vote as much as they want!
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