[OPE] *Results of Random Selection of Administrative Committee*

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Wed Dec 03 2008 - 07:17:31 EST

Everything in the following procedure - except for individually asking
the top-ranked individuals if they will agree to serve on the AC, which
I will do in the next few minutes - has now been concluded.
If there are no objections, I will forward to OPE-L (for information,
transparency, and curiosity purposes) the list of the number 1 through
20 rankings with the last name of those subscribers.
I wish to thank the 3 comrades who helped in this procedure -
against all odds, 2 of those 3, ironically, are in the top 5 in terms of
ranking! There are other statistical anomalies as well.
In solidarity, Jerry
=================================================* 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 suggestedusing Mathematica) for the numbers 1 through 55. Either Ian or someone elseother 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 someoneelse 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 thisis done will I be sent the new ordering. 4. Whoever does 1 will send the other set of random numbers to yetanother 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 todouble-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.

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