Matching voters with political parties and candidates: an empirical test of four algorithms
by Fernando Mendez
International Journal of Electronic Governance (IJEG), Vol. 5, No. 3/4, 2012

Abstract: Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) have enjoyed a growing popularity across Europe in recent years and, increasingly, in other parts of the globe too. In response a growing literature is emerging around the promises and potential perils associated with VAAs. This paper contributes to these debates by addressing a core methodological aspect of VAA design: how voters' policy preferences are aggregated to produce measures of concordance with parties/candidates. To this end, the paper analyses the performance of four VAA models that are based on competing algorithms. The findings, which draw from the analysis of VAA-generated data from four experiments, raise a number of concerns for the future design of VAA systems.

Online publication date: Sun, 30-Dec-2012

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