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Introduction to Measurement

Do you want to learn how to turn raw observations into data that can be used for empirical analyses? In this workshop, I will present the major scaling techniques used in political science. The workshop will cover basics on data theory, summated ratings scales, principal components analysis, factor analysis, and multidimensional scaling. We will also cover basic text analysis techniques.

Basic knowledge of R is recommended. You can learn R by watching the recording of the R workshop I gave last December. Here's the link.

If possible, bring a laptop to the workshop. You should also install R and RStudio as well as download the R code file, containing code and explanations of everything we cover, the Restplot code, the datasets we will use, and the manifestos we will analyze. You can also download the slides.

You can download R here and RStudio here.

R code
Restplot code (by Dave Armstrong)
Dataset 1
Dataset 2
Manifestos
Slides