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Pandemic teaching and research: A few simple tips to improve video streaming quality

By Justin Esarey

While this isn’t normally a subject I’d cover in The Political Methodologist, I’ve noticed that many people (students and professors alike) are having trouble with live streaming video interruptions during their videoconference meetings. I’m sure some of you have experienced this as well. Given that most people around the world are “sheltering in place” and doing their work via telecommuting, I thought it might be helpful to post some tips on how to improve your experience.

If you’re having trouble with videoconferencing, the problem...

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But Shouldn’t That Work Against Me?

By Anthony Fowler

The refrain is ubiquitous in seminars, workshops, and the discussion sections of quantitative studies. An audience member or reviewer might raise one of the following objections:

  • The purported effect/mechanism seems implausible.
  • It seems unlikely that your design could detect the effect/mechanism of interest.
  • Your estimates are likely biased toward zero.

The common, often enthusiastic retorts are the subject of this essay:

  • But shouldn’t that work against me?
  • ...
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Utilizing Javascript in Qualtrics for Survey Experimental Designs

By Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Experiments have undeniably increased in their use within political science in the last twenty years (Druckman et al., 2006). Especially frequent in this rise of experimental research is the survey experiment. Survey experiments are an effective method for exploiting random assignment to determine accurate causal effects while keeping the costs of research low and the speed with which data can be collected short (Mullinix et al., 2015). Moreover, survey experiments are a research methodology that can be accessible and open to many: students...

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The 2019 Asian Political Methodology Meeting

By Kentaro Fukumoto

[This post was contributed by Kentaro Fukumoto, Professor of Political Science at Gakushuin University.]

We held the joint conference of the 6th Asian Political Methodology Meeting and the second annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Quantitative Political Science at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, on January 5 and 6, 2019. We have a small, intensive conference focusing on innovative quantitative methods and their applications. Although the conference seeks to...

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Corrigendum to “Lowering the Threshold of Statistical Significance to p < 0.005 to Encourage Enriched Theories of Politics” and “Questions and Answers: Reproducibility and a Stricter Threshold for Statistical Significance”

By Justin Esarey

Although The Political Methodologist is a newsletter and blog, not a peer-reviewed publication, I still think it’s important for us to recognize and correct substantively important errors.  In this case, I’m sad to report such errors in two things I wrote for TPM. The error is the same in both cases.

In“Lowering the Threshold of Statistical Significance to p 0.005 to Encourage Enriched Theories of Politics,” I claimed that:

When K-many statistically...

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Papers Written by Women Authors Are Cited Less Frequently, but the Etiology of this Finding is Complex

By Justin Esarey, Wake Forest University, and Kristin Bryant, Rice University

Synopsis

A recent symposium in Political Analysis, anchored around Dion, Sumner and Mitchell (2018), discusses their finding that articles authored by women are more likely to cite at least one paper authored by women. Our contribution to this symposium (Esarey and Bryant, 2018) noted that articles in the Dion, Sumner, and Mitchell (2018) data set with at least one female author are cited no more or less often...

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International Methods Colloquium: 2018-2019 Schedule!

By Justin Esarey

On behalf of the advisory board (Michelle Dion, Cassy Dorff, Jeff Harden, Dustin Tingley, and Chris Zorn), I am pleased to announce the schedule of International Methods Colloquium series talks for the 2018-2019 academic year!

The International Methods Colloquium (IMC) is a weekly seminar series of methodology-related talks and roundtable discussions focusing on political methodology; the series is supported by Wake Forest University and was previously supported by Rice University and a grant from the National Science Foundation. The IMC is free to...

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Using Sequence Analysis to Understand Career Progression: An Application to the UK House of Commons

By Matia Vannoni, IGIER, Bocconi University, and Peter John, Department of Political Economy, King’s College London

Abstract: We argue that sequence analysis, mainly used in sociology, may be effectively deployed to investigate political careers inside legislatures. Career progression is a classic topic in political science, but...

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MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility

By Justin Esarey

I received this message from Alexander Wuttke of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, announcing a new conference on Transparency and Reproducibility in the Social Sciences. This conference may be of interest to readers of The Political Methodologist!

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MZES Open Social Science Conference 2019: Practicing New Standards in Transparency and Reproducibility

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New (but old) Print Edition Released!

The blog format of The Political Methodologist has made the release of print editions less pressing, as new content is immediately distributed to readers through our web presence. However, we still provide a LaTeX-compiled print edition, primarily so that our content can be properly cited in other work and circulated in print as necessary. This particular issue has been compiled rather belatedly: this is the Fall 2017 edition, and the content in this issue has been available on...

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