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RE: st: RE: Winning and losing


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: RE: Winning and losing
Date   Fri, 21 Nov 2003 19:26:48 -0000

Quite correct, although likely to remind some Statalist
members of whatever Monty Python sketches they may have
seen.

As a British voter I had the historical absence of ties
at the back of my mind.

My Stata solution, however, was intended to be
of more general interest, and not contingent on
historical accidents, so I flagged the assumption
of no ties as a warning for when it might bite.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of
> Clive Nicholas
> Sent: 21 November 2003 19:13
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: RE: Winning and losing
>
>
> Nick Cox wrote:
> > I'm going to ignore the possibilities of ties for first place.
>
> [...]
>
> Luckily, I don't have to worry about ties, even if
> converted into *very*
> precise percentages of the vote! The ten closest British
> constituency
> races since 1918 are (kindly supplied by David Boothroyd via
> http://www.election.demon.co.uk):
>
> 1     A.J. Flint (Derbyshire, Ilkeston, N Lab, 1931)               2
>       M. Oaten (Hampshire, Winchester, L Dem, 1997*)               2
> 3     Rt. Hon. F.D. Acland (Devon, Tiverton, L, 1923)              3
>       G.G. Jones (Carmarthenshire, Carmarthen, Lab, 1974(F))       3
>       Sir H. Nicholls, Bt. (Northamptonshire, Peterborough, C,
>         1966)                                                      3
>       T.W. Stamford (Leeds, West, Lab, 1924)                       3
> 7     Lord Colum Crichton-Stuart (Cheshire, Northwich, C, 1929)    4
>       Hon. G.R. Ward (Worcester, C, 1945)                          4
> 9     E.L. Gandar-Dower (Caithness and Sutherland, C, 1945)        6
>       L. Ropner (Durham, Sedgefield, C, 1923)                      6
>
> Oaten's case, of course, was declared void and a
> by-election followed
> (Americans will recognise these as 'special' elections), at
> which his
> majority rocketed to 21,556 votes. Of course, only sad
> peeps like me are
> interested in trivia like this!! :-)
>
> Yours,
> CLIVE NICHOLAS,
> Politics Building,
> School of Geography, Politics and Sociology,
> University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
> Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
> NE1 7RU,
> United Kingdom.
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