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Can a k-means cluster use different measures for homogeneity and heterogeneity?

TL;DR: Is there an existing k-means clustering algorithm that can have different weights for the (minimized) in-group distance measure and the (maximized) between-group measure? Or, better yet, can ...
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How do I apply the difference between two simplexes to a third simplex and have the result still sum to 1?

My question concerns simplexes, but I'll give an applied example instead. Imagine we are polling a national election. Three political parties compete. At the last election, the overall result was as ...
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Calculating probability of a female US president [closed]

What solid evidence could we use to assess the chances of a woman being elected in the next US presidential election 2020? The last 45 US presidents were male. That's a hit rate of 100%. Intuitively ...
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How likely is strong consistence among opinion polls?

With the upcoming French presidential election (first round on 23th of April 2017) many opinion polls are ordered and presented in the news. There are several initiatives to track the results of these ...
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Win-Lose Model appropriate if primarily only one outcome

Question: Is it appropriate to use a multinomial logit if there is only a single outcome for all but one of the three possible outcomes? How could I reframe to incorporate the possible outcomes. ...
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Election fraud detection: the statistics of Quick Count

I’m reading the book Quick Count and Election Observation (chapter 5). I’m interested in understanding the statistics used in Quick Counts. Quick Counts is a methodology for verifying official ...
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Predict results of Elections

I have information on the votes in my town and in the country. I want to predict the results in the country's elections knowing the results in my town. What methods I can use? I have thought of ...
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What is the ideal distribution for a GLM for comparing survey data with election results?

I'm relatively new to statistical methods. I'm hoping to learn what kind of distribution I should use for some data I have. My dependent variable is the results a candidate received by county. My ...
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How many ways there are to add up 7 numbers to sum of 180?

Farmer has 7 pigs and 180 potatoes. How many combinations of distributing those 180 potatoes there are? Order does not matter. Each pig can get from zero to 180 potatoes, but all 7 pigs must get ...
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Strange election results and probability of election fraud

Suppose an election is held for the leadership position in a major political party. Four candidates are running. After the election, the following results are announced: ...
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Modeling of elections: ordinal response regression?

I am trying to model a series of $N$ elections, where I observe only wins and losses, and where there are no ties. To be clear, my problem is defined as follows: the $i$th election has $n_i$ ...
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How do you develop Confidence Intervals based on non average data

I am collecting votes from an election poll. The rules for voting allows the voter to select ten out of 36 candidates for election. Any candidate whom receives at least 75% of the vote or more wins ...
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How to do pre-election polling with statistics? (discrete results)

In statistics, it is taught about samples that can have some range of numbers as their values. However, in election like presidential election, there are only several candidates to choose. In that ...
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Comparing ballot data from two consecutive elections

I have two datasets of general elections (in a multi-party single-vote system) which I'm trying to analyze. Each has about 10,000 data points (ballots) with some 30+ features - the main features are ...
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In an election, how can we tell the certainty that a candidate will be the winner?

There was a general election where I live yesterday and the television network started calling out winners long before all ballots were opened. They turned out right on all accounts, and I'm not ...
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How is election fraud by ballot stuffing possible?

An NPR story on the upcoming Russian presidential election mentioned that 5% of polling sites would be equipped with new electronic ballot boxes that would reject attempts to submit multiple ballots. ...
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Where to find “Incumbent party margin of victory data”?

In Which Economic Indicators Best Predict Presidential Elections?, Nate Silver references a variable called "Incumbent Party Margin of Victory" for US presidential elections. I was wondering, is ...