This function is a wrapper for the CandidateBio.getDetailedBio() method of the PVS API CandidateBio class which grabs the detailed biographical information for each candidate. 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 list with several data frames containing the elements of CandidateBio.getBio(), and expands upon:
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 character string in the pvs.key variable: ## Not run: pvs.key <- "yourkey" # get main biographical data on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ## Not run: bio <- CandidateBio.getDetailedBio(list(9490,21942)) ## Not run: head(bio$profession) ## Not run: head(bio$orgMembership)
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