Preference Profile Reports

Interpreting the Data

The data that is saved as a CSV file will appear in the following format:

11 4 295 1 0 2 1 11 0 11 11 10 5 0 11 11 10 9 2 3 4 6 5 7 8 0 11 11 2 0 711 2 0 21 2 10 0 11 2 11 5 3 0 11 2 11 9 0 71 2 3 0 11 2 3 4 0 0

(Names of candidates in the Order they appeared on the ballot paper) 

The first record (row) on all reports show how many candidates stood in that particular ward and how many seats were available.  The example above shows that in this election there were 11 candidates for 4 seats. This record is followed by the unique ‘preference sequences’, one per row, until the row containing a single “0” (zero) indicates the end of the list of profiles. This ‘zero’ record is followed by the names of the candidates in the order in which they appeared on the ballot papers. 

For the ‘preference sequences’, the candidates are allocated a number between “1” and “11” corresponding to the positions of their names on the ballot paper. One being the first name on the ballot paper 2 being the second and so on 

The first value in each ‘preference sequence’ record (row) is the number of ballot papers that showed that unique ‘preference sequence’. The positions along each row represent successive preferences, ordered from first to last (in this case, 1st to 11th). You will notice that each record (row) also ends in a ‘zero’.  This is to signal the end of that particular sequence.  Thus in this example, there were 295 ballot papers which were marked only with a first preference for “candidate 1”; there were 2 ballot papers marked with a first preference for “candidate 1” and a second preference for “candidate 11”; and so on.

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