Asymptotic equivalence of seat bias models

Udo Schwingenschlögl*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Apportionment methods round vote proportions to integer numbers of seats in a parliament. An important issue is whether a given apportionment method treats larger and smaller parties equally or gives rise to seat biases. In this paper two models of quantifying seat biases of popular apportionment methods are compared to each other. The models are found to result in the same asymptotic behaviour when the number of seats available for apportionment grows large.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalStatistical Papers
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Apportionment methods
  • Rounding methods
  • Seat bias
  • Stationary divisor methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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