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JDoolin is offline
Feb23-12, 04:38 PM
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Quote Quote by DaleSpam View Post
They certainly do not. One of the requirements of a vector space is that there must be an operation where multiplication of a vector by a real number* leads to another vector. If you multiply an arbitrary election result by any negative number or by any irrational number you will get negative or fractional votes, neither of which are members of the space of possible election results.

You cannot scale election results by arbitrary real numbers, nor even by arbitrary integers.

*Vectors can be generalized to multiplication over other fields besides the real numbers, but the conclusion remains. There is an additive identity element, but no additive inverse in the space of election results.
So, hypothetically, what if they changed the election rules so instead of voting yes/no, each voter would turn an analog dial to determine how much they liked each candidate, yielding some real number between zero and one?