Daniel has just posted an update on one of four types of voting calculations used on Sejmometr.pl called “rebel MP’s tracking” which basically stands for tracking of MP’s who vote against their clubs.
“Nowadays MPs vote just like their clubs almost in every case. In some cases they even got to pay penalty fees for breaking the “club discipline” (is it legal??). Therefore, in my opinion “indivudal MPs voting results” are not so interesting, because you can be 99% sure that the MP you want to check, voted just like his/her club. What’s really interesting about voting data (except the overall result and legislative consequences) is that other 1% MPs that broke club discipline.”
Now, I am sure you are interested in the way the results are presented and how the tracking works so here is the algorythm Sejmometr.pl is using:
“F – number of “for” votes
A – number of “against” votes
Abs – number of absent
X – number of all MPs in the club
if( Abs > X/2 ) then assume that club was not present on a voting session, no further calculations – appropriated message will be displayed
if( F>A ) then assume that club as a whole voted “for”, mark “against” votes from that club as a rebel votes
elseif( F<A ) then assume that club as a whole voted “against”, mark “for” votes from that club as a rebel votes
elseif( F=A ) then assume that club took no decision, no further calculations – appropriated message will be displayed
Do you think this is the most important type of voting analysis? Do you have similar solution in your country? Let us know!