- Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:06 pm
I'm going to try to walk you through the diagram, but the one above is definitely correct, so please reference it as you read this post. This a pure sequencing so that all the rules give ordering relationships among the variables themselves, there is no overarching linear placement in which to place the variables, as in a linear game. Given this, we diagram simply by connecting the relative placements together, like legos or tinker toys (if you are familiar with the latter).
The first three rules all connect together forming the chain, J -O - K - M. The variable M must be less than J and O because it's less than K, which must be less than J and O. That forms the main frame of the template. N not receiving the fewest votes doesn't tell us anything directly, but we definitely can store that as information in terms of which variables can be last (only M so far). The last rule gives a separate L-P-N chain, but also allows us to connect that chain to the O of our existing chain. Thus, we have the final diagram as drawn above. The reason we leave J alone in the connection, is that, while you're correct that J can receive more votes than L, it doesn't have to, or, in other words, we can't determine, definitely, what the relationship between J and L are in terms of votes received. Thus, we can't drawn any clear lines with respect to the diagram. Remember, the diagram only draws those relationships given to us by the rules or clearly inferred on the basis of them.
Let me know if you have further questions on this.