Here I'm using x and y to denote amounts of suffering/happiness, whether constrained to one individual or spread among many (or even distributed among some non-individualistic sentience).

Using exponentially-scaled linear tolerance seems equivalent mathematically. If anything, it highlights to me that how you define the measures for happiness and suffering is quite impactful, and needs to be carefully considered.

Here I'm using x and y to denote amounts of suffering/happiness, whether constrained to one individual or spread among many (or even distributed among some non-individualistic sentience).

Using exponentially-scaled linear tolerance seems equivalent mathematically. If anything, it highlights to me that how you define the measures for happiness and suffering is quite impactful, and needs to be carefully considered.