[OPE] *Procedure for Random Selection of Administrative Committee*

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Mon Dec 01 2008 - 08:09:30 EST

Hello everyone:
* There are a total of fifty-five subscribers who are in the "pool": i.e.eligible for random selection to be Administrative Committee (AC)members. * The new AC will have five (5) members and will serve a two-year term of office. * The procedure for the selection will be a *double-blind* one.
1. Two different sets of random numbers will be generated (Ian W suggested
using Mathematica) for the numbers 1 through 55. Either Ian or someone else
other than myself will do this.
2. I will make two separate lists of the pool based on the last name of each
member. In one list the numbering will be in alphabetical order and the other
will be in reverse alphabetical order.
3. Whoever does 1. will send one set of random numbers to someone
else who has volunteered with a copy to myself. I will send this person
2. and this will generate a new, *random pool ordering*. Only after this
is done will I be sent the new ordering.
4. Whoever does 1 will send the other set of random numbers to yet
another person and myself. That person will match-up the second
randomized numbering with the random pool ordering to determine the
*ranking for pool members*. Since I will have a copy, I will be able to
double-check the results. NOTE: no single person in any of these steps
has the ability to unilaterally determine the ranking.
5. The results will be shared with Alejandro VB (who is an outgoing AC
member). Then, I will ask the people in the number 1-5 ranks if they
will be willing to serve on the AC. If there are refusals, then go to the
#6, etc. ranked person and ask that person(s) to be on the AC.
Although somewhat awkward, this procedure was chosen to inspire the
highest possible confidence on the part of list members with the legitimacy
of the results.
* We could use volunteers to do 3. and 4. It shouldn't be more than
a half-hour's work or so on the part of each.
In solidarity, Jerry

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