AsahiTodai: Asahi-Todai Elite Survey

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Description

The Asahi-Todai Elite survey was conducted by the University of Tokyo in collaboration with a major national newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, covering all candidates (both incumbents and challengers) for the eight Japanese Upper and Lower House elections that occurred between 2003 and 2013. In six out of eight waves, the survey was also administered to a nationally representative sample of voters with the sample size ranging from approximately 1,100 to about 2,000. The novel feature of the data is that there are a set of common policy questions, which can be used to scale both politicians and voters over time on the same dimension.

All together, the data set contains a total of N = 19,443 respondents, including 7,734 politicians and 11,709 voters. There are J = 98 unique questions in the survey, most of which consisted of questions asking for responses on a 5-point Likert scale. However, these scales were collapsed into a 3-point Likert scale for estimation with ordIRT(). In the data set, we include estimates obtained via MCMC using both the 3 and 5-point scale data. See Hirano et al. 2011 for more details.

Usage

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AsahiTodai

list, containing the following elements:

  • dat.all Survey data, formatted for input to ordIRT().

  • start.values Start values, formatted for input to ordIRT().

  • priors Priors, formatted for input to ordIRT().

  • ideal3 Ideal point estimates with data via MCMC, using collapsed 3-category data.

  • ideal5 Ideal point estimates with data via MCMC, using original 5-category data.

  • obs.attri Attribute data of the respondents.

References

Shigeo Hirano, Kosuke Imai, Yuki Shiraito and Masaaki Taniguchi. 2011. “Policy Positions in Mixed Member Electoral Systems:Evidence from Japan.” Working Paper available at http://imai.princeton.edu/research/japan.html.

Kosuke Imai, James Lo, and Jonathan Olmsted. “Fast Estimation of Ideal Points with Massive Data.” Working Paper available at http://imai.princeton.edu/research/fastideal.html.

See Also

'ordIRT'.

Examples

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## Not run: 
### Real data example: Asahi-Todai survey (not run)
## Collapses 5-category ordinal survey items into 3 categories for estimation
data(AsahiTodai)
out.varinf <- ordIRT(.rc = AsahiTodai$dat.all, .starts = AsahiTodai$start.values,
					.priors = AsahiTodai$priors, .D = 1,
					.control = {list(verbose = TRUE,
                     thresh = 1e-6, maxit = 500)})

## Compare against MCMC estimates using 3 and 5 categories
cor(ideal3, out.varinf$means$x)
cor(ideal5, out.varinf$means$x)  

## End(Not run)

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