Candidates.getByLevenshtein: Get a list of candidates according to an approximate lastname...

Description Usage Arguments Value Author(s) References Examples

Description

Get a list of candidates according to an approximate lastname match

This function is a wrapper for the Candidates.getByLevenshtein() method of the PVS API Candidates class which grabs a list of candidates according to an approximate lastname match. The function sends a request with this method to the PVS API for all last names and election years given as a function input, extracts the XML values from the returned XML file(s) and returns them arranged in one data frame.

Usage

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Candidates.getByLevenshtein(lastName, electionYear=NULL)

Arguments

lastName

a character string or list of character strings with the last name(s) (see references for details)

electionYear

(optional) a character string or list of character strings with the election year(s) (default: >= current year)

Value

A data frame with a row for each candidate and year and columns with the following variables describing the candidate:
candidateList.candidate*.candidateId,
candidateList.candidate*.firstName,
candidateList.candidate*.nickName,
candidateList.candidate*.middleName,
candidateList.candidate*.preferredName,
candidateList.candidate*.lastName,
candidateList.candidate*.suffix,
candidateList.candidate*.title,
candidateList.candidate*.ballotName,
candidateList.candidate*.electionParties,
candidateList.candidate*.electionStatus,
candidateList.candidate*.electionStage,
candidateList.candidate*.electionDistrictId,
candidateList.candidate*.electionDistrictName,
candidateList.candidate*.electionOffice,
candidateList.candidate*.electionOfficeId,
candidateList.candidate*.electionStateId,
candidateList.candidate*.electionOfficeTypeId,
candidateList.candidate*.electionYear,
candidateList.candidate*.electionSpecial,
candidateList.candidate*.electionDate,
candidateList.candidate*.officeParties,
candidateList.candidate*.officeStatus,
candidateList.candidate*.officeDistrictId,
candidateList.candidate*.officeDistrictName,
candidateList.candidate*.officeStateId,
candidateList.candidate*.officeId,
candidateList.candidate*.officeName,
candidateList.candidate*.officeTypeId,
candidateList.candidate*.runningMateId,
candidateList.candidate*.runningMateName.

Author(s)

Ulrich Matter <ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch>

References

http://api.votesmart.org/docs/Candidates.html
Use CandidateBio.getBio(), Candidates.getByOfficeState(), Candidates.getByOfficeTypeState(), Candidates.getByElection(), Candidates.getByDistrict(), Candidates.getByZip(), Committee.getCommitteeMembers(), Election.getStageCandidates(), Leadership.getOfficials(), Local.getOfficials(), Officials.getStatewide(), Officials.getByOfficeState(), Officials.getByOfficeTypeState(), Officials.getByDistrict() or Officials.getByZip() to get last name(s).
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

Examples

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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 candidates with similar last names
## Not run: names <- Candidates.getByLevenshtein(list("Obama","Romney"),2012)
## Not run: names

umatter/pvsR documentation built on May 31, 2019, 1:55 a.m.