Interpreting the Hugo Votes, or: Hugo Thunderdome!

For those still tuned into the Hugos and Worldcon, the full results—including counts, 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th placement, and such, are here:

The interesting part for most people starts on page 10, where the results of the “instant-runoff” voting algorithm is posted. Some of that triangle of numbers may be a bit confusing (like “why does Brasyl not place second when it kept ranking second through all those numbers until the end…?”) so here is a very Hugo-specific guide to the voting mechanics.

This may not interest everybody on the front page, so the guide and example analysis is under the cut.

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