This function is a wrapper for the CandidateBio.getAddlBio() method of the PVS API CandidateBio class which grabs the extended biographical information for each candidate that has one. The function sends a request with this method to the PVS API for all candidate-IDs given as a function input, extracts the XML values from the returned XML file(s) and returns them arranged in one data frame.
a character string or list of character strings with the candidate ID(s) (see references for details)
A data frame with a row for each candidate and columns with the following variables describing the candidate:
Ulrich Matter <ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch>
Use Candidates.getByOfficeState(), Candidates.getByOfficeTypeState(), Candidates.getByLastname(), Candidates.getByLevenshtein(), Candidates.getByElection(), Candidates.getByDistrict() or Candidates.getByZip() to get a list of candidate IDs.
See also: Matter U, Stutzer A (2015) pvsR: An Open Source Interface to Big Data on the American Political Sphere. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130501. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130501
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# First, make sure your personal PVS API key is saved as an option # (options("pvs.key" = "yourkey")) or in the pvs.key variable: ## Not run: pvs.key <- "yourkey" # get additional biographical data on Barack Obama ## Not run: obama <- CandidateBio.getAddlBio(9490) ## Not run: obama # get additional biographical data on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ## Not run: onr <- CandidateBio.getAddlBio(list(9490,21942)) ## Not run: onr
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