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Scaling behavior in a proportional voting process.
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PMID:  11969855     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
We perform a statistical analysis on the proportional elections held in Brazil in October 1998. We show that the distribution of votes among candidates for the whole country follows a power law N(v) is proportional to v(-alpha), with alpha=1.00+/-0.02, extending over two orders of magnitude. The voting distributions for several states of the federation also display scale-invariant behavior with alpha approximately equal to 1. We argue that this particular voting system can be modeled as a typical multiplicative process in which the choice of the candidate is governed by a product of probabilities.
R N Costa Filho; M P Almeida; J S Andrade; J E Moreira
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics     Volume:  60     ISSN:  1063-651X     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Rev E Stat Phys Plasmas Fluids Relat Interdiscip Topics     Publication Date:  1999 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-04-23     Completed Date:  2002-08-27     Revised Date:  2003-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9887340     Medline TA:  Phys Rev E Stat Phys Plasmas Fluids Relat Interdiscip Topics     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1067-8     Citation Subset:  -    
Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici, Centro de Ciências Exatas, Caixa Postal 6030, 60455-760 Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
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