In an award show, there are 12 jury members and 12 candidates to be selected as nominees. Out of 12 candidates, the jury has to pick 4 nominees for the award. So they decided that each jury member will vote for 4 of the candidates and the top 4 voted candidates will be selected as nominees.

What will be the minimum number of votes required for a candidate to confirm his/her nomination?


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I believe it's

9 (At worst you will tie with someone for 4th place) or 10 (Guaranteed clean win)


There are 12*4 = 48 votes in total. If you receive 8 or less votes, then there are still at least 40 remaining ones - more than enough for 4 other people get at least 9.

Here's an example on how you can still lose with 8 votes:
Let there be candidates A (you), B, C, D, and E. Assume the remaining candidates are utterly terrible and thus out of the consideration.
2 Juries vote A, B, C, D
2 Juries vote A, B, C, E
2 Juries vote A, B, D, E
2 Juries vote A, C, D, E
The remaining 4 Juries vote B, C, D, E
A (you) get 8 votes, while B, C, D, and E gets 10.

If you got 9 votes, however, there are only 39 votes remaining. Worst case scenario is that 3 other people got 10 votes and someone ties with you for 4th place with 9 votes.

To visualize this, imagine that in the example above one of the last 4 juries decided against voting one of B/C/D/E and voted for you instead. Then there will be 3 people with 10 votes, and you will tie at 9 votes with the person whose vote got taken.

If a clean win is a must, then 10 votes are necessary.


I'd say

2 (to reach a tied 4th place) or 3 (to be alone in the 4th place).


the jury has a total of 48 votes. When the top three candidates collect 12 votes each, there are 12 votes remaining for the other 9 candidates. If three of them get 2 votes and the rest 1, the three are tied for 4th place.


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