The Top pick judging mode uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method to determine winners.
There is no rank. The entry in the top position is not more of a winner than the entry in second or third position on the Leaderboard.
To help explain how STV method works I’ll be using an example. In this example, there are 100 entries and 3 winners to be selected (Quantity of winners on the score set).
Based on the number of entries and the Quantity of winners configured on your top pick score set, the system will determine the quota which is the required number of picks to win. It is determined by this formula: Number of entries / (Quantity of winners + 1) +1
Number of entries = 100
Quantity of winners = 3
100/(3 + 1) + 1 = 26
The first preferences from all the judges are counted and allocated to each entry
Any entry that has reached or exceeded the number of picks needed to win (the quota) is declared a winner.
If all winners have been determined, the process stops here. Using our example, if only 1 out of 3 winners have been selected the process continues on to step 4.
If an entry has more picks than the required amount to win, that entry’s surplus picks are transferred to the next preference.
An entry needs 26 picks to be declared a winner so if an entry received 30 picks, the extra 4 picks would be transferred to the next preference.
If no winners are determined at step 3, the entry with the fewest picks is eliminated and that entry’s picks are transferred to the next preference of that judge.
Steps 3 - 5 are repeated until all winners are selected.
Single Transferrable Voting flowchart
For details on how to configure Top pick judging mode, see Top pick configuration.