Supervisor: Brian Leiter <>
Announced end of poll: January 31, 2010
Actual time poll closed: Tue Feb 2 08:46:31 2010
This is a public poll.
Actual votes cast: 105
Number of winning choices:
Condorcet completion rule:    (What is this?)
Schulze/Beatpath/CSSD
CIVS Ranked Pairs
MAM
Condorcet-IRV

Poll description

Rank order the proposals, below, in terms of how important you believe they are to improving the scholarly value of sessions at the AALS Annual Meeting. If you think no changes are needed, rank "No changes are required" as your #1 choice.

Result

1. *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed.  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
2. *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 59–37
3. *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 53–42, loses to *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations. by 48–47
4. *Cut back on the number of speakers at each session, to allow each speaker to develop a more sustained argument/position and to make sure there is adequate time for discussion and questions.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 60–36, loses to *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting. by 53–43
5. *Have fewer sessions, but make each session longer (e.g., 2 or 3 hours typically, instead of 1 hour and 45 minutes)  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 80–12, loses to *Cut back on the number of speakers at each session, to allow each speaker to develop a more sustained argument/position and to make sure there is adequate time for discussion and questions. by 73–9
6. *Have more sessions featuring just one speaker presenting for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by 45 minutes to an hour of questions from the audience.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 80–14, loses to *Have fewer sessions, but make each session longer (e.g., 2 or 3 hours typically, instead of 1 hour and 45 minutes) by 39–35
7. *No changes are required, most sessions at the AALS Annual Meeting work well as things stand.  loses to *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. by 85–12, loses to *Have more sessions featuring just one speaker presenting for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by 45 minutes to an hour of questions from the audience. by 54–19

For simplicity, some details of the poll result are not shown.  

Result details

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1. *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed.   -59 53 60 80 80 85
2. *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations.   37 -48 50 76 75 87
3. *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting.   42 47 -53 70 71 80
4. *Cut back on the number of speakers at each session, to allow each speaker to develop a more sustained argument/position and to make sure there is adequate time for discussion and questions.   36 45 43 -73 74 77
5. *Have fewer sessions, but make each session longer (e.g., 2 or 3 hours typically, instead of 1 hour and 45 minutes)   12 17 22 9 -39 56
6. *Have more sessions featuring just one speaker presenting for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by 45 minutes to an hour of questions from the audience.   14 17 22 11 35 -54
7. *No changes are required, most sessions at the AALS Annual Meeting work well as things stand.   12 10 14 14 21 19 -

Ballot report

 *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed. *Cut back on the number of speakers at each session, to allow each speaker to develop a more sustained argument/position and to make sure there is adequate time for discussion and questions. *Have fewer sessions, but make each session longer (e.g., 2 or 3 hours typically, instead of 1 hour and 45 minutes) *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations. *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting. *Have more sessions featuring just one speaker presenting for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by 45 minutes to an hour of questions from the audience. *No changes are required, most sessions at the AALS Annual Meeting work well as things stand.
1. 2 7 7 3 1 7 7
2. 2 4 7 3 1 6 5
3. 3 2 6 4 1 6 7
4. 1 5 6 3 4 2 7
5. 1 3 4 2 5 7 6
6. 1 7 7 3 2 7 7
7. 7 2 7 7 1 7 7
8. 2 1 5 3 6 4 7
9. 6 2 5 4 1 3 7
10. 1 3 6 2 4 5 7
11. 1 5 7 2 3 6 4
12. 1 No opinion No opinion 2 No opinion No opinion 7
13. 3 4 4 1 2 4 5
14. 2 3 7 4 1 7 7
15. 2 7 7 7 1 7 7
16. 1 4 6 3 2 5 7
17. 4 3 6 2 1 5 7
18. 2 6 6 6 1 6 7
19. 2 4 5 3 1 6 7
20. 4 1 5 2 3 7 6
21. 1 3 7 4 2 5 7
22. 1 4 7 2 3 7 7
23. 1 4 1 5 3 6 7
24. 2 4 6 3 5 7 1
25. 3 4 5 2 1 6 7
26. 5 2 4 6 1 3 7
27. 6 7 7 7 7 1 7
28. 2 3 5 1 6 4 7
29. 1 5 4 3 2 7 7
30. 2 6 4 3 5 7 1
31. 4 2 1 3 7 5 6
32. 3 2 6 5 1 4 7
33. 7 1 7 2 4 3 5
34. 5 2 4 1 3 6 7
35. 1 2 6 5 3 4 7
36. 3 7 7 1 2 7 7
37. 2 4 5 1 3 7 6
38. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
39. 7 1 2 3 7 4 7
40. 5 1 6 4 3 2 7
41. 6 3 5 1 2 4 7
42. 2 3 No opinion 1 4 No opinion 6
43. 7 1 3 2 4 7 7
44. 4 2 7 1 5 7 7
45. 1 1 5 3 6 4 7
46. 1 3 5 4 2 7 7
47. 1 3 2 7 7 7 7
48. 3 2 4 5 1 6 7
49. 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
50. 2 4 7 1 3 7 7
51. 5 5 4 6 1 6 7
52. 2 3 5 4 1 6 7
53. 7 7 7 1 2 7 7
54. 3 4 7 1 2 7 7
55. 7 1 7 4 7 3 2
56. 1 2 7 4 3 7 7
57. 1 5 2 6 4 3 7
58. 7 2 7 7 7 7 1
59. 1 3 5 6 2 4 7
60. 4 2 7 1 6 3 5
61. 5 2 6 4 3 7 1
62. 1 4 5 2 3 7 7
63. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
64. 2 7 3 3 1 7 2
65. 1 4 7 2 5 3 7
66. 1 3 6 4 2 7 7
67. 2 4 4 3 1 No opinion 7
68. 1 1 3 1 1 7 7
69. 2 1 3 6 4 5 7
70. 7 7 7 7 7 1 7
71. 2 7 7 3 1 7 7
72. 2 1 3 6 4 7 5
73. 3 1 7 1 4 7 2
74. 2 7 7 1 7 7 7
75. 2 3 5 2 1 3 7
76. 3 7 7 1 2 7 7
77. 2 5 6 4 7 3 1
78. 2 3 7 1 7 7 7
79. 2 1 5 7 4 3 7
80. 1 5 5 1 4 7 3
81. 1 4 6 3 2 5 7
82. 3 1 6 4 2 7 5
83. 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
84. 4 1 3 5 2 6 7
85. 4 1 3 2 6 5 7
86. 2 1 4 3 5 6 7
87. 5 1 6 7 7 7 2
88. 7 7 7 7 7 7 1
89. 7 6 2 1 5 5 5
90. 2 6 7 3 1 5 5
91. 3 4 7 2 1 5 7
92. 3 1 7 2 4 7 7
93. 2 7 7 3 1 7 4
94. 5 1 7 3 6 2 7
95. 1 2 5 3 7 4 7
96. 3 7 7 1 2 7 7
97. 1 2 5 4 3 6 7
98. 2 3 4 1 6 5 7
99. 5 1 3 6 2 4 7
100. 3 2 6 4 1 3 7
101. 2 4 5 1 3 6 7
102. 2 4 5 3 1 5 7
103. 2 7 7 1 7 3 4
104. 7 3 7 1 7 2 6
105. 1 7 7 3 2 4 6

Ballots are shown in a randomly generated order.

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The following matrix shows the strength of the strongest beatpath connecting each pair of choices. Choice 1 is ranked above choice 2 if there is a stronger beatpath leading from 1 to 2 than any leading from 2 to 1.

  1.2.3.4.5.6.7.
1. *Require speakers to prepare written remarks and/or pre-circulate their papers; no 'shooting from the hip' allowed.   -59–37 53–42 60–36 80–12 80–14 85–12
2. *Provide detailed descriptions of the program of each session beforehand, including abstracts of the papers or presentations.   . -48–47 50–45 76–17 75–17 87–10
3. *Have more sessions featuring papers selected in a peer review process in advance of the Annual Meeting.   . . -53–43 70–22 71–22 80–14
4. *Cut back on the number of speakers at each session, to allow each speaker to develop a more sustained argument/position and to make sure there is adequate time for discussion and questions.   . . . -73–9 74–11 77–14
5. *Have fewer sessions, but make each session longer (e.g., 2 or 3 hours typically, instead of 1 hour and 45 minutes)   . . . . -39–35 56–21
6. *Have more sessions featuring just one speaker presenting for 45 minutes to an hour, followed by 45 minutes to an hour of questions from the audience.   . . . . . -54–19
7. *No changes are required, most sessions at the AALS Annual Meeting work well as things stand.   . . . . . . -