Subject: Re: is there a statistician in the house? (long)
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 04:57:18 +0900

>>>>> "Marshall" == Marshall W Van Alstyne <marshall@MIT.EDU> writes:

    Marshall> Claims about desirable outcomes?  Where?  The ones I
    Marshall> want are a new president and a good beer with company on
    Marshall> Fridays!

I have to admit those are likely to unbalance your budget.

    Marshall> FWIW, the "do nothing" mechanism would seem to violate
    Marshall> the "voluntary participation" constraint of the original
    Marshall> theorem.  Otherwise, being unaware of any mechanism
    Marshall> could be construed as equivalent to participation.

I don't see why.  It is the mechanism that does nothing; it still has
to be publicly announced, so potential participants are not unaware,
and the participants still have to say "I can live with that" to make
it voluntary.



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