Measuring polarization in preferences

B. Can*, A.I. Ozkes, A.J.A. Storcken

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In this paper, we study the measurement of polarization in collective decision making problems with ordinal preferences over alternatives. We argue that polarization can be measured as an aggregation of antagonisms over pairs of alternatives in the society. We propose a measure of this sort and show that it is the only measure satisfying some normatively appealing conditions.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-79
Number of pages4
JournalMathematical Social Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


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